Following the Manhattan terror attack carried out by 29-year-old Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov, where 8 died and several more were injured, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling for a full review to reinstate a Bush-era permanent domestic spying program.
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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing to permanently renew the controversial section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) following Tuesday’s terrorist attack that killed eight people in Manhattan.
Speaking to law enforcement officials and attorneys at the Southern District US Attorney’s office in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Sessions outlined a three-pronged security strategy, including President Donald Trump’s embattled travel ban, securing government access to electronic devices, and surveillance of non US citizens overseas, calling it “not a political matter, but a safety matter.”
A key component of this strategy, Section 702 originated as part of a broad surveillance program from the George W. Bush-era that allowed the FBI, CIA and NSA to spy on people in the US and abroad without a warrant. Congress passed Section 702 following the 2005 revelation that the government had been spying on the communications of US citizens’ internet communications and phone calls with foreigners.
With Section 702 set to expire in just 59 days, Sessions called on Congress to pass its renewal “before Christmas” and without sunset provisions, making it permanent.
“Over the past year the FBI was unable to get open access to over 7,500 electronic devices even though there were court orders to do so. “We know, for example, that the terrorist who targeted an event in Garland, Texas, in 2015 sent more than 100 instant messages to a terrorist overseas — just on the morning of the attack,” Sessions said. “What we don’t know, however, is what he said — because those messages are encrypted,” said Sessions during his presser at the Southern District US Attorney’s office in lower Manhattan on Thursday.
President Trump’s base is fuming over Sessions’ refusal to go after Hillary Clinton, James Comey and Robert Mueller.
In an interview with newly-minted Fox News host Laura Ingraham, House Intelligence Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave a sobering view of the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and James Comey’s FBI.
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According to Nunes, not only is Sessions ignoring the crimes of Hillary Clinton, James Comey and Robert Mueller, but can barely get a handle on leaks stemming from the Trump White House.
INGRAHAM: Deep state is leaking. They’re leaking to make you look bad. Are you going to bring back Susan Rice and others to testify? Samantha Power, bringing them back?
NUNES: Unfortunately, we are bringing back a lot of the people, or the DOJ could do their job and begin to investigate.
As The Gateway Pundit’s Joe Hoft wrote On Thursday, Jeff Sessions to date is so horrible in his current job as Attorney General that he couldn’t be worse.
His only major action was to recuse himself and see his corrupt Assistant AG Rosenstein create a special counsel to search for non-existent crimes with corrupt criminal Robert Mueller at the helm.
As former Rep. Jason Chaffetz recently told Fox News host Judge Janine, Sessions will not follow through with “any sort of prosecutions.
Today Jeff Sessions once again showed the American people he is not for them.