Jim Jordan is Pushing for the End of Section 702 of FISA
Early in June, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that his “number one goal” is to prevent the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire in 2023.
Section 702 purportedly granted intelligence agencies the power to spy on the communications of targeted foreign terrorist suspects. That said, like all forms of government expansions, it has been abused by US authorities in how they use Section 702 to surveil the communications between US citizens.
“The number one goal I have between now and the end of the year is to stop the reauthorization of the 702 FISA program,” Jordan said to Breitbart News.
He made a reference to a recently unsealed court document that revealed that in the timeframe of 2020 to early 2021, the FBI abused the FISA database in 300,000 instances.
In another internal audit it was discovered that the FBI did not have enough justification for conducting two FISA searches connected to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol.
Section 702 reforms have bipartisan support. Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stated: “This is an outrageous & unacceptable abuse of power. We cannot reauthorize FISA without a complete privacy overhaul that prevents the government from warrantlessly spying on Americans.”
Indeed, FISA needs to be scrapped altogether. Additionally, the FBI needs to be defunded and ultimately abolished. Such agencies and legislation have no business existing in a country that proclaims itself as the “Land of the Free.”
It’s good to see that there’s a bipartisan push to hold these entities accountable. More often than not, bipartisanship is used to destroy our rights. However, there appears to be a bipartisan push to hold these agencies accountable. We need more of this energy in the US if we want to see our rights fully restored in our lifetime.