Release of Nunes Memo–Trump’s Enemy List Expands

The Nunes memo built up so much by CNN/Fox/various platforms of social media has been released. It essentially places responsibility on the Steel dossier for government surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. As I’ve recently talked about, the main intended consequences of the release of the memo are the discrediting of the FBI, and a pretext to fire Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General.

There’s a lot of blubber about the memo itself. Is the memo credible? The memo is crap, the memo is an attack on our democracy, etc. I hate using this word “democracy.” Makes me feel like a nerd.

I’m watching CNN now. Was the spying on Carter Page an affront to his civil liberties? What I see from this event is that aping the major tenets of liberal democracy can easily be used to make assaults on the many institutions that have kept it relatively afloat. Trump has been highly successful at attacking democracy so far, in part because he’s played into rampant anti-immigration and racist ideology. Now we’re seeing that list of enemies (the political power that Trump enjoys with his base via verbally abusing hard-working immigrants or African Americans) being used to expand Trump’s list of enemies.

Now, I’d like to ask your opinion on the release of the Nunes memo and the resulting political fallout. Seems a noticeably different attack on independent institutions. It’s difficult to articulate exactly why. So let’s have it. Your thoughts below.

Devin Nunes flickr photo by Gage Skidmore shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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