Kimberley Strassel’s great reporting reveals FCC heat on Adam Schiff.
Kimberley Strassel: Adam Schiff’s Surveillance State and the FCC | Mort Collin
This piece was written by the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel: Adam Schiff’s Surveillance State and the FCC. It is a story that was broken by Fox News and other conservative media outlets who employ real journalists like Strassel. Untouched by the liberal mainstream media ever since, it serves as proof of the fact that we are living in two Americas today. The first America is one of fake journalism, hoaxes designed to destroy the President and the GOP, and a hyper-partisan liberal socialist agenda. The other America is one of integrity in journalism. It is populated by reporters who will go down in history as American heroes; reporters like Kimberley Strassel. They laugh in the face of leftist intimidation and refuse to report lies and propaganda. These people are leaders, not followers.
Brendan Carr, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, recently sent a letter to Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA). In his letter, he outlined his concerns of a House Intelligence Committee gone rogue during the impeachment hearings. The chairman of the House Intel Committee is Adam Schiff. With reckless abandon, this is a man obsessed with the President of the United States. He’ll stop at nothing in making attempt after attempt to force him from office. The man will even break the law to accomplish this sick, twisted, and obsessive task.
It’s a hard pill to swallow- the fact that so many bureaucrats within our government have not stood up to confront the Deep State machine. Throughout the past four years, countless laws have been broken by the “Trump Resistance Operations” of the Deep State. However, those within the government rank and file privy to this abhorrent lawlessness throughout multiple departments and agencies have remained silent. And for what? Because they hate a man that much? There is a lack of courage here that should make all Americans angry. God bless Commissioner Brendan Carr of the FCC. While it’s blatantly obvious that thousands of bureaucrats in Washington simply find it no big deal to invade the privacy of American citizens, Carr does. He does not think Adam Schiff’s surveillance is a-okay.
Carr Uneasy with Apparent Surveillance
“Chairman Schiff has been collecting Americans’ private call records through a secret and partisan process,” Carr made clear in a recent statement. “He even published some of them in the Impeachment Report. These sensitive records are protected by federal law. His conduct raises serious concerns, and I’ve asked for answers.”
In his letter to Schiff, Carr states “I am writing to you because your committee has collected — and may still be collecting — the protected and confidential call records of private citizens and government officials alike through a secret and partisan process that deprives Americans of their legal right to maintain the privacy of this sensitive information.”
Carr continued by saying that “federal law has long protected the privacy and confidentiality of Americans’ call records.” The FCC, according to Carr, has concluded that Schiff collected and released to the public “highly-sensitive personal information.” The Commissioner also said that the FCC may impose fines on major telecommunications companies that could total approximately $200 million. Those companies would include T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
The Impeachment Report
Carr said that “in the case of the Impeachment Report, the records you published revealed private details about calls involving numerous individuals and offices, including an investigative journalist, senior government officials (including at least one member of Congress), multiple attorneys to the President of the United States, and several executive branch offices.”
The Commissioner continued, “The process the committee used (and may still be using) to obtain and then publicly release these previously confidential call records raises a number of serious questions — including whether Americans are comfortable with one political party in Congress having the power to secretly obtain and expose the call records of any private citizen, journalist, or government official.” He made it clear to Schiff that he may have violated federal law, specifically Section 222 of the Communications Act. Section 222 “prohibits any telecommunications carrier from releasing customer call records except as authorized by the customer or as required by law.”
One-Party Rule in the House Dangerous
In addition, Carr asks about “a secret subpoena process that deprived Americans of their right to challenge the publication of their protected call records.” He then proceeds to ask Schiff for details of the “full scope and extent of the call records sought through the secret subpoena process.” The Commissioner presses Schiff on whether or not he and/or his committee requested these people’s “real-time or location data” from the phone companies. Carr then goes on to address potential constitutional violations by asking Schiff “whether there are First Amendment implications that flow from publishing a reporter’s call records.”
“As a country, are we comfortable with one political party in Congress having the unilateral & unchecked power to secretly obtain & publicize the confidential call records of any private citizen, journalist, or government official?” the Commissioner inquires. “Chairman Schiff has been doing exactly that.” The idea that Adam Schiff’s surveillance is a-okay runs counter to everything we believe as Americans.
Clear as Day: Schiff Broke the Law
Schiff’s Surveillance is A-Okay… if this were Red China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, or Cuba. It is NOT.
The arrogant Congressman Schiff responds to criticism by saying this: “The blow back is only coming from the far right. Every investigator seeks phone records … Here, we had testimony that the president charged Rudy Giuliani with carrying out this plot. Naturally, we wanted phone records to point out they had those conversations.”
The idea that any American can request and subsequently be given other Americans’ phone call records is completely absurd. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a member of Congress or not.