December 17, 2019

EXACTLY HOW THE IG IS SUPPOSED TO WORK:

Secret Surveillance Court Rebukes FBI, DOJ With Order To Re-Validate Their Work (PHILIP EWING, 12/17/19, NPR)

The secret court that oversees intelligence collection upbraided the FBI and Justice Department on Tuesday with a highly unusual order for them to re-validate their work.

The extraordinary order, signed by Judge Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, requires officials to submit an explanation in writing about how they're remediating the problems identified by the recent inspector general report about the Russia investigation.

Federal law enforcement leaders have until Jan. 10 to file a sworn submission about what they have done, or plan to do, "to ensure the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application," she wrote.

Collyer also ordered a timetable for reforms and "an explanation of why, in the government's view, the information in FBI applications submitted in the interim should be regarded as reliable."

The reforms will, however, just be a restatement of existing standards. No one is willing to take the heat for the next terrorist attack.

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