In the spirit of Adam Schiff's parody of the transcript of Trump's ill conceived (and executed) phone call to Zelensky I offer this version of an imagined visit by the Ghost of FISA warrants past to Judge Rosemary Collyer, head of the FISA court panel of judges. Her term was to expire in March but she has apparently decided to return to the District Court of the District of Columbia before that. pl
The Ghost – Rosemary! Rosemary! You have been a naughty girl! You knew the Steele Dossier was opposition research! You knew it and you still granted those crooks at DoJ and the FBI a surveillance warrant on that pathetic creature Carter Page. You knew the whole thing was a sham. You knew it! Now the chickens are coming home to roost! (H Rap Brown reference from the 60s) You published a letter saying they should be better boys and girls at the FBI. They did not like that and Lou Dobbs told millions that you are a phony. Then you sent out another letter demanding "accountability" for those who lied to you and deceived you. Now the FBI is really angry. Do you think that they will not tell the truth to save themselves? How are they different from you? They will follow you back to the DC District court. They will follow … I am sorry but I will have tell the nuns at Trinity University about this, so sad.
Rosemary – So what! Trinity has been declared a Trump Free Zone! I will be praised for my courage in being an early adherent to The Resistance. I will be appointed to more boards there. I might even be a graduation speaker. Let's see, my talk can focus on the perfidy of anyone like Kelly Ann Conway who IS NOT in The Resistance. She is a Trinity alumna you know.
The Ghost – This may work out for you. If a Democrat is elected this time there may be a SCOTUS seat in it for you. Those old geezers can't last forever. Sleep well your honor.
In the interest of full exposure, I know Judge Collyer slightly having testified several times in her DC district court as an expert in a habeas corpus case involving a Gitmo prisoner whom I thought had been framed by Central Asian police and handed over to the US as an Al-Qa'ida official. I thought and still think that the aforesaid police were just trying to get rid of someone to whom they owed money.
When I first entered her court she remarked that I looked like a stereotypical colonel, a British colonel actually. I thanked her. In the course of the hearing she spoke to me in chambers to say that she was under a lot of pressure from "people who wanted this prisoner kept at Guantanamo." I said that I had thought she was appointed for life. She did not respond to that.
So far as I know the prisoner is still at Guantanamo.
BTW, Rosemary and SWMBO were educated by the same order of nuns. pl