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The #ReleaseTheMemo campaign is an extraordinary tactic based on a legitimate fear. Which is since this left-liberal contributor supports (with one condition) the campaign of pro-Trump Republicans to make open a House Intelligence Committee report on the notice of Trump officials.
No, I’m not a Russian bot. we positively don’t support the idea of #ReleaseTheMemo, which is to demonize the FBI and special prosecutor Robert Mueller and pave the way for President Trump’s all-but-inevitable try to fire Mueller. I’m blissful to review the reports that Mueller’s review is reaching into the Cabinet and the Oval Office.
I trust Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) when he says the memo is “rife with significant inaccuracies” and creates anxiety to “highly personal materials that many Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read” and is “meant only to give Republican House members a twisted perspective of the FBI.”
But there’s no reason to intent to the announcement of what amounts to a Republican Party press release, even if it is filled with selectively declassified factoids dictated to allegation U.S. law enforcement. The posturing of the “Blue Lives Matter” throng charging that the FBI is a cockpit of Clintonian liberalism is worth exposing. (The authors of the memo will not even let the FBI respond to its allegations.)
Release the memo, and we’ll see just how ridiculous it is.
Veil of Secrecy
The only reason #ReleaseTheMemo has a fragment of credit is since of the extraordinary—and unnecessary—shroud of privacy that surrounds the review of the president.
Conservative Byron York says the memo will not be done open for at slightest a week.
I’m told series of House members who have review secret Intel Committee ‘FISA abuse’ memo is now around 200. Leaders formulation open release, timeframe 1-2 weeks.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) Jan 23, 2018
To which the much-abused (and oft-loved) Glenn Greenwald creates the pivotal point.
We’ll see if this really happens. But recover of the memo but the underlying confirmation is worthless: it’ll just be a raise of unverifiable Devin Nunes assertions. It only has value if the claimed justification to justify those assertions can be publicly reviewed: https://t.co/XvlloEGWlG
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) Jan 23, 2018
The open needs to see the justification and Greenwald records “four easy ways” the Republicans could make it public. Schiff told the Washington Post that he offering a suit to check recover of the memo until all members had review the underlying top-secret documentation. The Republicans refused, a clever indicator that their case can't withstand scrutiny.
Only privacy gives the fraudsters of the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign credibility.
The National Security Agency and the FBI are retiring to display and explain to the American people how the complement of mass notice actually functions. They contend they can't publicly explain and urge the routine by which NSA notice operations prisoner the phone conversations and emails of certain Americans and incited them over to law coercion and the White House around the FISA secret justice system. They contend this notice process—no matter how good its implications for American democracy—must sojourn dark from the American people.
And so demagogues use central privacy to crush approved debate. Defenders of the FBI and NSA contend the confidentiality of the ongoing review should be respected, while Trump supporters spin swindling theories about the Deep State.
You don’t have to be a Trump believer (I’m not) or an agent of Putin (contrary to what the Weekly Standard says, I’m not) to worry about a secret review of a democratically inaugurated boss by secret agencies and secret judges. To contend the absolute U.S. mass notice apparatus could be dangerous in the wrong hands is some-more loyal than ever.
The House Republicans charge (so distant but evidence) that the Obama White House abused the FISA process. How do we know Donald Trump and CIA executive Mike (“Vicious”) Pompeo won’t injustice the mass notice espionage apparatus for domestic ends? We don’t. Transparency is essential to curbing the intensity abuse of presidential power.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and #ReleaseTheMemo is the kind of mold that grows in the dark of secrecy. Release the memo and all of the underlying documentation. It will purify American politics.
Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press).