More than four years after the FBI began its improper surveillance of the Trump campaign, Mary B. McCord, who approved the surveillance, has been appointed as an advisor to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The same court McCord was just appointed to excoriated the decision to spy on Carter Page. He was the Trump campaign national security advisor at the time.
In December 2019, the Justice Department Inspector General published a report detailing all the mistakes made during the improper investigation. As a result, the Justice Department, the Democratic National Committee, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and more faced lawsuits because of their impropriety. An FBI lawyer was even placed on a year-long probation.
However, even though the report personally named McCord over 25 times for all of her contributions, she faced no consequences. Now, she is one of the eight amici curiae, advising the FISC. She is also a visiting professor at Georgetown Law and the executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.
Page expressed his disappointment in a statement to SaraACarter.com.
“The complete failure of Congressional oversight and the overall FISA regime catastrophe has further perpetuated the dire predicament for average American citizens outside of the DC Swamp whose civil liberties continue to get destroyed,” the former Naval officer said.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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