A question Congress needs to probe regarding FBI accountability for SCI data use

It sure acts broke, and we need to fix it.

This is a question I’ve been previewing since 2017, when information came out indicating that FISA Section 702 search-term queries were implicated in the surveillance of former President Trump and his associates.

The news last week that in 2012 the FBI put a remote “secure work environment” (SWE) at Perkins Coie – news verified by the FBI – has renewed the interest in the question, which from the public’s standpoint remains unanswered to this day.

The original question was this.  Has anyone used auditing tools on the FBI’s Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) system to compile a record of what users were doing with Section 702 queries in 2015 and 2016?

The new question, in light of the SWE at Perkins Coie, is whether the auditing tools have been used to verify the nature of user transactions on and with that SWE element fielded at the law firm. Continue reading “A question Congress needs to probe regarding FBI accountability for SCI data use”

Time to ‘John Paul Jones’ the non-deal ‘Iran deal’

Nail the colors to the mast.

Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis at the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779. Painting by Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962). (Via crashmacduff.wordpress.com)
Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis at the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779. Painting by Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962). (Via crashmacduff.wordpress.com)

“I have not yet begun to fight!”

John Paul Jones, commanding the Continental Navy, Battle of Flamborough Head

23 September, 1779

If we went by the triumphal proclamations of the mainstream media, we would think opponents of the unsigned Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – described inaccurately as a “deal” with Iran – were out of options at this point.

Operating on the process set in motion by the Corker-Cardin bill, the House has voted against approving the JCPOA.  But the JCPOA’s opponents in the Senate have failed twice to move the JCPOA to a vote.  A 42-vote minority has prevented a Senate vote, and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unwilling to use the “nuclear option” of overriding the effective filibuster by the minority, and forcing a vote on the JCPOA.

If we accept that Obama met his requirements under Corker-Cardin, when he submitted the JCPOA to Congress for review, then the deadline for Congress to act was 17 September.  Since the Senate couldn’t vote by then, the theory is that all objections to the JCPOA are now dead. Continue reading “Time to ‘John Paul Jones’ the non-deal ‘Iran deal’”

Corker-Menendez paves Obama’s path to victory on Iran deal

Interesting times.

(Image: AP via Politico)
(Image: AP via Politico)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

The four basic reasons the framework ‘agreement’ with Iran is bad; with bonus new problem!

A non-framework non-agreement that’s bad and getting worse.

Arak plutonium reactor complex.
Arak plutonium reactor complex.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Obama let 40-year-old oil supply guarantee to Israel expire in November 2014

Belgium, Munich: the analogies are piling up.

(Image: Wikimedia Commons, John Hill)
(Image: Wikimedia Commons, John Hill)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!