- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is up for reauthorization this year, and Andrew McCarthy writes that there will be a Congressional brawl over section 702, the part that governs many aspects of the intelligence agencies:
Instead, foremost in our minds will be how readily the government’s awesome intelligence capabilities can be abused. That is the real significance of the controversy over Obama-administration spying on the Trump campaign and transition.
The scandal that CNN is hell-bent on ignoring brings into sharp relief the very abuses the media, echoing civil-liberties activists, have warned against for years: pretextual uses of intelligence-collection powers to spy on political opponents and dissenters. As a national-security conservative with no illusions about government, I’ve acknowledged these concerns. I’ve countered, though, that the powers are, yes, essential to national security. The abuse of power is thus a reason to get rid of the abuser, not the power.
In our modern political dysfunction, that seems impossible. Washington protects its own. No one gets fired anymore, let alone impeached. So just as we make war on “terror” because we don’t want to identify the enemy, we condemn “power” because we can’t bring ourselves to hold the rogue officials accountable.
According to a new estimate, the number of ISIS fighters killed in the MOAB strike in Afghanistan is 94, including four commanders.
North Korea showed new missiles during a military parade, but it’s possible they’re fakes. South Korea’s navy managed to recover parts of a North Korean booster rocket, and many key components were manufactured in China.
An Iraqi military officer told the Associated Press that ISIS is using chlorine gas in Mosul.