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On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the authorities under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) should be allowed to expire at the end of the year.

Section 702 of FISA,which has permitted the warrantless surveillance of Americans since being enacted in 2008, will expire on December 31st, 2023. According to an unsealed FISA Court decision, the FBI has routinely abused Section 702 authorities, including over 278,000 times, surveilling left-wing domestic groups, such as Black Lives Matter and George Floyd rioters, Americans present at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and donors to congressional campaigns. Absent Section 702, genuine law enforcement and foreign surveillance can still be carried out under traditional FISA and federal wiretap laws.

The resolution is co-sponsored by Reps. Eli Crane (AZ-02), Paul Gosar (AZ-09), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14), Thomas Massie (KY-04), and Matt Rosendale (MT-02).

“The persistent abuse of Section 702 of FISA underscores the disturbing trend of our federal government being weaponized against its people. The blatant misuse of warrantless surveillance powers targeting Americans’ communications should not be accepted or reauthorized. We must uphold national security without sacrificing the constitutional rights of our fellow Americans,” Congressman Gaetz said.

Full text of Congressman Gaetz’s FISA resolution can be found HERE. Additionally, exclusive coverage of the bill by Fox News can be found HERE.

Author: Press Release


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