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FISA Court Rebukes FBI's Surveillance of Trump Official

During and after the 2016 presidential election, the FBI obtained several surveillance warrants against Carter Page, an official on the Trump campaign. As substantiation for these surveillance warrants, the FBI used a document produced by Christopher Steele with financing from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The premises of this document, known as the "Steele dossier," have been disproven by the media and the investigative services. I.G. Michael Horowitz Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who investigated the FBI's conduct in the surveillance matter, found significant cause for concern. He observed "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures" that regulate the FISA process, according to the  Washington Examiner . On Tuesday, the court that approved the Page surveillance warrants -- the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- pointedly ch

Essay: America is a Beacon of Stability for a World in Crisis

In a recent  New York Times  editorial, Timothy Egan opined that America, a "bad-tempered country," is "a hot mess." Egan's sentiments are par for the course, but they miss the forest for the trees: Thanks to the Constitution endowed to us by our Founding Fathers, America is one of the few countries in today's world not engulfed by the flames of chaos. Granted, the U.S. Congress is about to impeach President Donald Trump because he solicited politically-charged investigations from the Ukrainian government. However, the process actually demonstrates the efficacy of America's constitutional order, which has perpetuated a constancy of government unseen by any other civilization. In few other countries could one branch of government attempt to remove the head of another branch while maintaining a relatively cool, civil, and strangely-productive atmosphere. In nearly any other locale, coup-plotters would be sharpening their knives instead of wasting their