So today is not a day for me to work. Sorry about that.
Lupus is kicking the crap out of me and I am in so much pain right now, it hurts to have clothing touching me.
No, I’m not walking around naked! Stop it!
I mentioned last week that my doctor talked about putting me on an additional immunosuppressant. But she has decided against it. I’m allergic to every antibiotic except one. And because suppressing my immune system more would leave me even more vulnerable to an infection they couldn’t treat, she’s not willing to risk it.
I don’t blame her. As much as I want to be able to treat my Lupus, I’m not prepared to end up in the hospital or – God forbid — dead just to do it.
Any old how. As a result, these excruciating days aren’t going to be behind me any time soon. And today is one of those days.
So instead, I thought I’d share some links to a few excellent articles I stumbled across today.
All these articles are about the infamous Memo and its implications. And they are all articles well-worth your time.
First up, I have two separate articles from the Wall Street Journal.
Obama and the FISA Court by James Freeman.
This is a rather lengthy pull-quote, but damn it’s good:
Readers concerned about the government’s surveillance authority may be interested to know about one current member of the Intelligence committee who began focusing on this issue all the way back in the George W. Bush administration.
In March of 2007, he announced that he was “deeply troubled” by what he called “abuses of authority” by the FBI in acquiring personal information on U.S. citizens. Over the years, he urged various restrictions on the ability of the executive branch to get information on Americans’ phone calls. In order “to protect privacy and increase transparency” he sought in various ways to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court-the very court that approved the electronic surveillance of a Trump associate for reasons that are still not entirely clear.
Sounds like somebody we would really like, doesn’t it?
Freeman goes on:
Way ahead of the news, this particular lawmaker specifically introduced the “Ending Secret Law Act” which according to a press release from his office, “would require the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions, allowing Americans to know how the Court has interpreted” its legal authorities.
This lawmaker said that his legislation “will help ensure we have true checks and balances when it comes to the judges who are given the responsibility of overseeing our most sensitive intelligence gathering and national security programs.”
His name is Adam Schiff, and he is now the ranking member on House Intelligence. But oddly he doesn’t seem to want to take credit for his early concern for civil liberties.
Here’s the other one from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The Reckoning for the FBI.
No matter its motives, the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.
And then there’s this one from the incomparable Mark Steyn: Un-Candid in Camera.
They’re really the two choices here: either “the world’s premier law enforcement agency” was manipulated by one freaky Brit spook, or “the world’s premier law enforcement agency” conspired with the freaky Brit spook to manipulate the judge.
And finally this article from Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine: The Memo Reveals the Coup Against America.
The media spent a week lying to Americans about the dangers of the memo because it didn’t want them to find out what was inside. Today, the media and Dems switched from claiming that the memo was full of “classified information” that might get CIA agents killed to insisting that it was a dud and didn’t matter. Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.
On Thursday, the narrative was that the memo would devastate our national security and no one should ever be allowed to read it. By Friday, the new narrative was that the memo tells us nothing important and we shouldn’t even bother reading it. The lies change, but suppressing the memo remains the goal.
Be sure to read all four of these articles. I think they’ll all help you gain more perspective about this FISA abuse story.
I hope you all have a terrific weekend.
Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow and can get back to work.
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