House conservatives tank FISA Bill in blow to Speaker Johnson | Eastern North Carolina Now

Chalk one up for Freedom!  As the ole saying goes:   “Give’em an inch and they will take a mile.”

By Joseph Lord and Savannah Hulsey Pointer, The Epoch Times

House conservatives on April 10 tanked a procedural vote to advance a surveillance power reauthorization bill in protest against its lack of warrant requirements. The development is another blow to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) who already faces an ouster threat from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

In a 193-226 vote, lawmakers voted not to advance Rep. Laurel Lee’s (R-Fla.) “Reforming Intelligence and Securing America” Act, which would extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA’s) controversial Section 702 for a period of five years. The warrantless surveillance power is due to lapse on April 19.

While such procedural votes normally advance along party lines, 19 Republicans joined all Democrats to block the bill, employing a tactic increasingly used by GOP factions to apply pressure on leadership.

Conservatives who voted against the bill’s advancement were Reps. Greene, Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), Michael Cloud (R-Texas), Bob Good (R-Va.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Chip Roy (R-Texas.), Eli Crane (R-Ariz.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), Cory Mills (R-Fla.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Matt Rosendale (R-Md.), and Greg Steube (R-Fla.)

It’s yet another failure for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who in February had to pull a similar bill from the floor.

FISA Section 702 is one of several post 9/11 surveillance authorities that have come under scrutiny as some lawmakers from across the political aisle have raised alarm over its potential to violate the civil liberties of Americans.

Section 702, which was last authorized in 2018, was intended to permit warrantless surveillance of foreign nationals located outside the United States. However, in practice, it also sweeps up communications with U.S. citizens.
This vulnerability has allowed FBI agents to extensively misuse the tool in recent years, using it to search for the names of Black Lives Matter and Jan. 6 protesters.

The agency asserts that the program is vital to national security and that it has since undergone reform. Nevertheless, critics across the political spectrum have been apprehensive regarding the possibility of further constitutional infringements.
House Freedom Caucus Speaks Out Against FISA Reauthorization

Former President Trump earlier on April 10 called on House Republicans to “KILL FISA,” pointing to how the FBI misused Section 702 to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Mr. Mills, who voted against the bill, said after the vote that the result “isn’t a defeat for Johnson. It’s a victory for Americans.”

Mr. Roy told reporters after the failed vote: “We’re here to stand up for the people who are tired of [the] situation ... where the defense industrial complex, the Intel Committee, they get to see all this stuff behind closed doors and tell us what they’re going to do.

“The Founders were very clear about what we need to fear ... about how they will use foreign conflicts, foreign power as a smokescreen for going after our civil liberties. And that’s what we saw happening here.”

When the House Rules Committee on April 9 advanced the legislation for a floor vote, they left the issue of whether to require a warrant to a vote of Congress.

The warrant issue has spurred the creation of unlikely alliances, bringing such disparate lawmakers as House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) into agreement.

“When you have the history we have with this organization relative to not following the rules, we think you need a separate and equal branch of the government … to approve a warrant,” Mr. Jordan said in defense of the amendment during his opening remarks. “The warrant requirement has to be in the legislation or I don’t think we’ve done our job.”

Mr. Nadler agreed, saying that without a warrant requirement, the changes in Ms. Lee’s bill would be “so modest they would prove ineffective.”

The failure of the rule vote marks another loss for Mr. Johnson, who has already faced several failed rule votes during his roughly six months as speaker.

Earlier on Wednesday, the speaker expressed support for the bill, saying it enacted “sweeping changes” in the form of “over 50 reforms” to be put in place.

Mr. Johnson highlighted what he sees as the necessity of the program, saying, “ It’s a critically important piece of our intelligence and law enforcement in this country because it allows us to continue killing Hamas terrorists. It allows us to track shipments of the least illicit chemicals used to make fentanyl, it allows us to protect US warships from attacks by Houthi rebels, allows us to stop China from stealing American intellectual property, and it prevents ransomware attacks against American companies.”

However, he also noted that FISA has been abused through “politicized FBI queries” and said the changes coming to the program would “prevent another Russia hoax debacle, among many other important reforms.”

“No more Steele dossiers; no more of the intelligence community relying on fake news reports to order a FISA order; no more collusion; these changes will make sure that that doesn’t happen.”
Jackson Richman and Samantha Flom contributed to this report. 


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Van Zant said:
( April 26th, 2024 @ 9:33 pm )
On the subject of the FISA Bill of all things, Bub Bob felt obliged to state that, "In pre civil war south there were no free blacks. Africans were property...[concluding with a racist personal attack]."

I'm wondering why left-wing zealots think they have the right to tell such fantastical lies and when called out on it respond by saying OTHERS have a "sick outlook on the human condition." I guess hypocrisy abounds in the 21st century. The truth still matters.
Big Bob said:
( April 18th, 2024 @ 9:39 am )
As I said. Read the whole thing. Nothing in it absolves you for your sick outlook on the human condition.
Van Zant said:
( April 17th, 2024 @ 9:51 am )
It appears that the resident far-left pseudo historian (and pseudo lefty climate scientist) has absolutely no knowledge of the hundreds of thousands of free blacks in the antebellum south. So, in his mind, free black slave owners like William Ellison, Anthony Johnson, Nathaniel Butler, Justus Angel, Marie Therese Metoyer, Antoine Dubuclet, Andrew Durnford and John C. Stanly, to name a few, could not have existed in his delusional far-left narrative.

To have credibility, truth matters.
Bubba said:
( April 16th, 2024 @ 9:00 pm )
That link shows that there were in fact over 261,000 free blacks in the South just before the war. Even a liberal site that makes excuses for it admits it.
( April 16th, 2024 @ 9:25 pm )
For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

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In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
Big Bob said:
( April 16th, 2024 @ 1:20 pm )
By any chance did you read the the link you posted? You might want to read the whole thing.
Just saying.
( April 16th, 2024 @ 10:01 am )
Poor Little Bobbie. His woke ideology tells him that all whites are "oppressors" and all "people of color" are "oppressed". Therefore, he feels obligated to deny historical fact that a large number of southern blacks before the War Between the States were actually free blacks, and some of those free blacks were actually slaveowners themselves ("oppressers"?). He will deny historical fact until he is blue in the face to defend his rabid "woke" ideology.
( April 16th, 2024 @ 8:36 am )
Let me give Bonehead Bob a leftwing source and see if that will stop his anti-history ranting. Bobbie has posted that PBS is a source he trusts. PBS has always been regarded as a liberal source, but thanks to a recent whitleblower, it can now be deemed a far-left source. Well, here is a PBS article that admits the reality of 261,000+ free blacks in the South in 1860:

Bonehead Bob just preaches the far left narrative. Facts to him are irrelevant. So, will Bobbie now call PBS the KKK? Maybe claim th black writer of that PBS article is a secret klansman who goes around wearing a sheet and burning crosses? What little bit of credibility Bobbie may have once possessed, and that was not very much, is now gone completely. Maybe he should learn that when you are in a hole, it is time to stop digging.
Van Zant said:
( April 16th, 2024 @ 6:47 am )
BBB's credibility was already laughable. Lately, he's obliterated any semblance of credibility. If the goal is to be a comic caricature of the far-left, then well done. If that's not it, then a sad, delusional more embarrassing end has been attained. At least the mask is intact.

With an ignorant overall population like our, it is no wonder Congress can get away with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Big Bob said:
( April 15th, 2024 @ 9:03 pm )
In pre civil war south there were no free blacks. Africans were property. All u got is KKK BS.
( April 16th, 2024 @ 1:42 am )
Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
( April 16th, 2024 @ 12:10 am )
Good grief Bob how old could you possibly be? You act like you lived through the height of the Klan in the 1920s
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