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Conservative Reps Jordan And Biggs Say FBI Surveillance Illegal

Principled limited government constitutional conservative Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs are demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray after a newly

declassified opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court revealed "widespread" FISA violations.


In an exclusive report Brooke Singman of Yahoo News revealed that last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified an opinion from the FISC – the court with oversight of the FISA system – which Jordan and Biggs said revealed the FBI "has been seriously and systematically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority."


The opinion was from November 2020 and detailed the FBI's "apparent widespread violations" of privacy rules in conducting surveillance under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


"We write to request information about the FBI's illegal spying activities," Jordan, of Ohio, and Biggs, of Arizona, wrote to Wray Tuesday.


Singman reported Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorizes the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to jointly authorize warrantless surveillance of non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States, subject to limitations.


The section requires the adoption of "targeting procedures" to ensure that acquired information is limited to non-U.S. persons to prevent the "intentional acquisition" of U.S. domestic communications, according to U.S. Code. The section also requires the use of minimization and querying procedures, specifically requiring that the government obtain a FISC order for any review of Section 702 query results in criminal investigations unrelated to national security.


But, wrote Singman, the opinion revealed that the FBI "violated the querying standard" after the Justice Department audited the government’s compliance with Section 702 querying safeguards. The FISC determined that the "FBI’s failure to properly apply its querying standard when searching section 702-acquired information was more pervasive than was previously believed."


The opinion further documented that "the government has reported numerous incidents regarding searches of section 702 FISA information without first obtaining court permission." Pointing to the discovery of 40 queries in which the FBI accessed information for investigations involving "healthcare fraud, transnational organized crime, violent gangs, domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists, as well as investigations relating to public corruption and bribery" — all unrelated to foreign surveillance.


Singman reported the FISC opinion noted that "none of these queries was related to national security and they returned numerous Section 702-acquired products in response."


Our friend Sara Carter reported that in their letter, Jordan and Biggs note that the ODNI’s memo highlights the misuse of FISA’s Section 702, which states that the government can permit the surveillance of foreigners outside the U.S. for national security purposes, to spy on American citizens.


Jordan and Biggs, in their letter to Wray, though, called the concerns "particularly disturbing in light of prior FBI misconduct" detailed by the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his 2019 report, which revealed a pattern of "abuses and deficiencies in the FBI's FISA process."


Horowitz's report revealed that the FBI had abused the FISA process to illegally surveil Page. The report also outlined 17 significant "errors or omissions" and 51 "incorrect or unsupported factual assertions" in the FBI's application to conduct warrantless surveillance.


"Similarly, in March 2020, the OIG warned you of extensive noncompliance with Woods Procedures, which act as a safeguard and are designed to minimize factual inaccuracies in FISA applications by maintaining supporting documentation for each factual assertion in the application," Jordan and Biggs wrote.


"The OIG alerted you to unsupported, uncorroborated, or inconsistent information in the Woods Files of all 25 surveillance applications on U.S. Persons that the OIG examined," they continued.


They added that the recently declassified FISC opinion, which was released in November 2020, "only raises more questions about the FBI’s respect for the constitutional and statutory parameters of FISA."


"Given the seriousness of this matter for civil liberties, please provide the following information immediately," Jordan and Biggs wrote, requesting an explanation why the FBI is "still" "abusing" FISA; a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 when the FBI has "queried, accessed" information pursuant to FISA for purposes unrelated to national security; and an explanation on what specific actions Wray has taken to address the concerns in the November 2020 opinion to "prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens."


As Sara Carter and Jennie Taer reported, Jordan and Biggs asked three threshold questions of Wray, that every American should expect to see promptly and truthfully answered:


1. Please explain why almost a year after the OIG’s report about FISA abuses, the FISC found the FBI to still be abusing its warrantless surveillance authority under section 702.


2. Please provide a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 in which the FBI has queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.


3. Please explain what actions you have taken in the wake of the FISC’s November 2020 memorandum opinion and order to prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens.”


We eagerly await FBI Director Wray’s answers.


  • FBI surveillance

  • Fourth Amendment

  • January 6th riot

  • Rep. Jim Jordan

  • Rep. Andy Biggs

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray

  • FISA Violations

  • Director of National Intelligence

  • Warrantless surveillance

  • section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

  • American citizens

  • Carter Page

  • FISA abuses

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Charles Wilkins
Charles Wilkins
May 07, 2021

All Communist regimes try to remove God, religious authority from the populations, state wants control of everything, sound like the Democrats and Biden? The socialism agenda that is now driving our country is an attack on God, Country our unborn, and the constitution. The people leading this parade are traitors to everything our Country has stood for since inception. They are power crazed atheists who have sold their souls for money and power, Just like the thousands of dead who voted for Biden but did not, the thousands of aborted souls who wanted to be born but were not, and the thousands of seniors who were forced to die before their time are all waiting for the Biden and his…

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Tan Jean Pierre
Tan Jean Pierre
May 05, 2021

FBI actuel works for Democrat. USA today, the justice lead also by Democrat . The democra cy is ended since a fraud president was in the White House

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Charles Wilkins
Charles Wilkins
May 05, 2021

Biden's lap dog's trying to protect the Biden's and all the money Hunter received.

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I honestly do not understand all the hoopla around the FBI. How soon we forget history, how soon we forget the founding of the FBI and who was in charge. J. Edgar Hoover established the FBI as an extorsion and blackmail organization, using the authority they had to destroy the Mafia and organized crime, not to protect the nation but to eliminate the competition.

Wray is no Hoover, although it is not difficult to imagine him in a dress, still, he merely sits atop a well established organization who's foundation is that of corruption, deceit, deception and yes, very much spying on American citizens.

The fact of the matter is that the FBI has done more to protect criminals than…

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Sounds reasonable, they were planning a new building anyway.

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James Bryson
James Bryson
May 05, 2021

If you haven't noticed that prissy, sissy, Chrissy Wray is a viper coated in heavy oil...you are brain dead.


When he is finished, and he will be finished, the clamor to "abolish" the FBI will be THUNDEROUS.

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