Today I'd like to voice my concerns over the impending release of the FISA memo (Fox News, BBC, MSNBC, Feb. 1). The memo, drafted by Congressman Nunes, supposedly reveals FBI abuses and releasing it is being done ostensibly in the name of transparency. This doesn't ring true with me. If Nunes uncovered such abuses, the memo and evidence should have gone to Attorney General Jeff Sessions so he could prosecute it. The resulting trials would have accomplished those objectives without compromising our national security, which everyone who has seen this memo admits it will do (WikiLeaks and the Russian FSB are openly giddy over this). That he hasn't done this means the memo is a smear campaign to score political points on behalf of his strongest ally, President Trump.
This is a symptom of a disease I've noticed affecting folks of all political stripes: hyper-partisanship. I've heard many Democrats say Trump isn't their president, just as I used to hear many Republicans say of Obama. Folks who say such things tend to hold their party is the same, if not greater esteem than their country; much like the Chinese equating the Communist Party with China. Thus Nunes doesn't see anything wrong with making our country more vulnerable to terrorist and foreign agents if it promotes the objective of the Republican Party, where his greatest loyalty seems to lie.
This is a trend both major political parties are guilty of promoting, with this being the most egregious example to date. President Trump, if he's going to put actions to his words, should start here and heed the advice FBI Director Wray, a former GOP congressman, and stop the memo's release.
Otherwise we need to elect officials who are better at serving our country than “winning” partisan fights with our fellow countrymen.
David Sherwood, Fort Ann