The FBI’s abuse of surveillance
The Wall Street Journal
“Every American who cares about civil liberties” ought to be deeply alarmed by the Horowitz report, said David Garrow. In his investigation of the roots of the Russia probe, the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has shredded the credibility of the infamous Steele dossier and proven that this “shoddy work” played what he called “a central and essential role” in helping the FBI obtain warrants to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Steele, a former British intelligence agent who was paid by Democrats to generate the dossier, admitted to the FBI that one of his two top sources for information from Russia—including salacious claims about Trump—was a “boaster” who “may engage in some embellishment.” Steele’s second major source later told the FBI that Steele had “misstated or exaggerated” his statements and given rumor and hearsay more credibility than they deserved. Nonetheless, Horowitz found, the FBI kept using the dossier to renew search warrants against Page, which the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rubber-stamped. These findings raise troubling questions about the FBI’s “unchecked” ability to target American citizens for surveillance. Next time, the target could be anyone.