One thing that was amusing in all the hoopla over the Nunes FISA abuse memo was the schizophrenic reaction of the Democrats. First, before the release of the memo, Democrats were screaming that releasing it was criminal and would collapse “national security.” And then, as though on a dime, after the release, suddenly the argument changed to “It’s a nothing burger.”
Perhaps no one exemplified this schizophrenia more than former FBI Director James Comey.
He prepped for it with a doozy before the release, where he appeared to desperately invoke Joe McCarthy when no one has been more like Joe McCarthy then the Democrats seeing Russians everywhere in everything.
But Comey managed to be completely schizophrenic all in one tweet after the release of the memo.
“That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.”
First, it’s a nothing burger? Then it’s destroyed everything?
And he got called out on it by none other than Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pointed out the inherent contradiction (a weird kind of schizophrenia for a guy who used to run the nation’s premier law enforcement agency).
Assange tweeted, “James Comey, master of logic: FISA memo is nothing — and also the destroyer of worlds.’”
And in case you missed the reference, it’s to Robert Oppenheimer upon observing the atom bomb he helped to create. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The quote is originally from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita.
Comey never explains how the memo is “dishonest or misleading” or how it “wrecked the House intel committee.” But if there is distrust in the intelligence community, their leaking of information to media to injure Trump and the GOP may have something to do with it. As well as their actions in this particular case. And lying and misleading the FISA court is on the FBI officials who did it, including Comey himself, if the memo is true. He criticizes exposing ‘classified investigation of an American citizen.” So one shouldn’t criticize if the FISA court is misused to spy on that American citizen?
It’s wishful thinking on the part of Comey that it’s nothing. And he has reason to downplay it because he’s actually implicated in it. According to the memo, he signed three of the applications for warrants that may have materially misled the FISA judges.
It remains to be seen what will happen to Comey and the others, and it would be great if the applications were de-classified so everyone could see exactly what was said to the court.
But it’s pretty sad that it’s Julian Assange who has to point out Comey’s twisted logic.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]