Justice Dept recommends Trump veto of FISA bill


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The Justice Department yesterday recommended that President Trump veto of the new reauthorization bill of the FISA court presently working its way through Congress.

Sadly, Justice’s reasons for this recommendations is that they reject House amendments to the bill by Democrats that would weaken its ability to spy on Americans.

The bill reauthorizes three surveillance programs and makes some changes to the court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). But the Senate, when it took up the bill earlier this month, added language to create new legal protections for some FISA warrant applications, a change that garnered pushback from the Justice Department.

[Assistant Attorney General Stephen] Boyd said on Wednesday that the Justice Department had offered “specific fixes to the most significant problems” stemming from the changes made by the Senate but signaled that they had been ignored by House lawmakers.

Instead, the House will vote on an additional amendment to the legislation as part of its debate on Wednesday that would tighten the limits on the FBI’s ability to access Americans’ web browsing history.

Boyd warned that the Justice Department believes the proposed change from the House would “weaken national security tools while doing nothing to address the abuses identified by the DOJ Inspector General.”

The good news here is that this recommendation, as odious as its goals are, will give Trump ammunition for vetoing the bill, which in the end will end this corrupt court. And that goal should be the goal of every freedom-loving American.

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3 comments

  • Phill O

    Seems to me, that holding the Obama administration accountable for their abuses of FISA is more important. If there are no consequences, it does not matter what laws there are or are not! IMHO

    Hey, but then I am talking from a country where the prime minister has bought the media with tax dollars. A journalist was fire from a news paper in St. Johns for an article which criticized Trudeau two days after the article appeared. Seems the editor OKed the article and was published. Can anyone say Joe Biden and Ukraine?.

  • mpthompson

    I wish Trump would just veto the whole thing and let it go down as another dark chapter in our nations history. We got along without the FISA court for 230 years and I’m certain we can again.

  • Phill O

    How does the president deal with the current domestic terrorism? How can his justice department gather information on the myriad of citizens who are organizing these riots? It is interesting that almost as soon as FISA was dead, these riots started at the first opportunity.

    Also, this is not just domestic as it has spilled into other countries, so it really is international terrorism.

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