04.27.2023 0

After SPYING On Trump, We Need FISA Reform NOW! ONE-PARTY RULE?

After spying on Trump, Congress should use FISA Section 702 reauthorization to end domestic political surveillance under Title I

“We need to make changes to the FISA process. I think we should not even reauthorize FISA, which is going to come up in the next Congress.” That was House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — then the ranking member — in Oct. 2022, speaking with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, outlining his opposition to reauthorization of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which expires on Dec. 31, 2023. Executive branch officials say is critical to protecting national security will expire. It is the only section of FISA that sunsets on a periodic basis, and thus, provides a periodic opportunity for members of Congress to address the decades-long problem of domestic political surveillance. Whenever the question of Section 702 has come up since 2008, attempts at intelligence reform are always deflected and rebuffed. “That’s the wrong section,” civil liberties groups are always told. And yet, once all the information from Chairman Jordan’s committee has been gathered, besides must-pass pieces of legislation, whether it be Section 702 reauthorization, the annual national defense authorizations, the $31.4 trillion national debt ceiling or the annual omnibus spending bills and appropriations bills, what other leverage do members of Congress have to enact reforms?

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