Rep. Adam Schiff Suggests FISA Memo Release Will Increase Risk Of Domestic Terrorism

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Rep. Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee issued a frightening warning during an appearance on Friday's 'Rachel Maddow Show.' Schiff said that the release of a memo alleging abuses of the FISA surveillance powers during the 2016 election by the Republicans on his committee could indirectly lead to domestic terrorist attacks.

Schiff said that revealing the FBI's mistakes to the public could dissuade people from reporting potential crimes, indirectly bringing up the bombing of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by referring to someone without a yard buying a lot of fertilizer.

Schiff asked: "If you have a neighbor next door who is buying a lot of fertilizer and it seems odd because they don’t have a yard, are you going to think twice" about reporting him to the FBI?





"Because if they get a search warrant for your neighbor and something is politicized, the political winds change and there’s an investigation, your identity is going to be revealed."

In the wake of the Nunes memo, "you really can’t trust that this is going to be kept confidential anymore."


REP. ADAM SCHIFF: The real damage they have done is they have damaged the relationship between our committee and the intelligence community in the future. They are going to be wary about sharing information pause they won’t trust us to be responsible stewards of it.

And sources of information are going to dry up. If you have a neighbor next door who is buying a lot of fertilizer and it seems odd because they don’t have a yard, are you going to think twice because if they get a search warrant for your neighbor and something is politicized, the political winds change and there’s an investigation, your identity is going to be revealed. Because you really can’t trust that this is going to be kept confidential anymore. There’s a reason why this process has never been used before.

Even so, the process presumed that the president of the United States who has a veto over this would be a responsible person who would have the interest of the nation at heart. And that’s not what we have here.

RACHEL MADDOW: Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the house intelligence committee, currently engaged in a fight to have the democratic rebuttal memo to this declassified and. Released.


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