#ReleaseTheMemo – has been trending on social media for some time now. The memo, a 4-page document that Republicans have read, but Democrats want hidden, will presumably prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition. SURPRISE! SUPRISE!
Of course, as Americans, we all know that one of the gravest and most damaging abuses of state power is to misuse surveillance authorities for political purposes. When the FBI and Department of Justice abuse their power to allegedly spy on their political opponents, that is a serious crime that is of the same level as Nixon’s Watergate.
Social media this week has been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election. This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, GOP