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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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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