Turley Testifies in House Judiciary Committee on FISA Abuses and Reforms

This morning I will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s  Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance on “Fixing FISA.”  The hearing will start at 9:15 am at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. The specific focus will be the reauthorization of Section 702, one of the most controversial and most abused sections of the Act.

I will be joined on the panel with a distinguished group of experts:

Phil Kiko, Principal, Williams & Jensen; former Chief of Staff and General Counsel, House Judiciary Committee; former Chief Administrative Officer, House of Representatives

Gene Schaerr, General Counsel, Project for Privacy and Surveillance Accountability

Elizabeth Goitein, Senior Director, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

Here is my testimony: Turley.Testimony.FISA.6.14.23

52 thoughts on “Turley Testifies in House Judiciary Committee on FISA Abuses and Reforms”

  1. Your best point in the brief was the “right to be left alone.” It’s so much more than fisa or free speech now….I had a nurse practitioner try to kid nap me over a blood pressure test during covid. Problem was no body knows what a normal bp is after ticking me off. She had the gal to say…”legally I can’t let you leave” … a huge lie.. but most like to invoke the law…(their version) just like credit card companies who say the “law” or used car salesmen who say the ” law” …. until we demand to be left alone…we won’t be. And well be lied to by rent seekers claiming some law. BTW that was over 2 years ago so it wasn’t a “crisis” blood pressure! At least not imminent. But we know who advertises and brings us the facts. Fact it takes 109k ppl to suffer the side effects of celesterol rx to stop one heart aattack. Billions of lemmings swallowing pills at profit for what? Same with bp meds. Where the study that most the day anyone at it has over their score? The test they take at rest. Come on man. What’s coccaine cause on blood pressure? Any studies or research?

  2. Sorry about that, I see the site has not changed, I just got lost in the comments section. I haven’t finished my morning coffee yet.

  3. Hi Professor Turley, I am a big fan of yours and admire your writing, legal skills and integrity. I read your website daily, which is a must read for me. Your continual fight for the right of free speech is admirable, as is your willingness to criticize both sides of the aisle when appropriate. I hope the layout of the site today is a one off, as I found the previous format much easier to navigate and find content. Keep up the good work. I wish I would have had a professor like you back in the day. I can count on one hand the number of professors at my Ivy League alma mater that I would put even close to the league you are in.

  4. Perhaps Professor Turley’s visit helped Republicans grow a 🍒


    Importantly, the bill utilizes the power of the purse to address the weaponization of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and bring an end to the overreach of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

    Cuts to Wasteful Spending
    • Eliminates more than 70 unnecessary and wasteful programs and initiatives, including 14 polarizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) offices and programs.
    • Defunds at least 15 Executive Orders, rules, memoranda, and other Biden Administration policies that usurp Congressional authority.
    • Reduces wasteful spending on climate change initiatives.
    • Prevents the FBI from using its construction balances to build a new headquarters.
    • Rejects the Administration’s plans to replace Department of Commerce and Department of
    Justice (DOJ) vehicle fleets with electric vehicles, saving taxpayers nearly $54 million.

    Title II – Department of Justice
    Provides a discretionary total of $36.084 billion for the Department of Justice, which is $2.064 billion (5%) below the FY23 enacted level and $4.875 billion below the President’s Budget Request.

    General Administration: Provides $113 million for General Administration, Salaries and Expenses, which is $32 million (22%) below the FY23 enacted level and $99.5 million (47%) below the President’s Budget

    Federal Bureau of Investigation: Provides $10.276 billion for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is $1.052 billion (9%) below the FY23 enacted level and $1.11 billion (10%) below the President’s Budget Request.

    Reduces FBI salaries and expenses by $400 million (4%), which is below the FY23 enacted level and $1.048 billion below the President’s Budget Request.
    – Prevents the FBI from developing a new headquarters building in the National Capitol Region by limiting its use of existing construction balances to sustainment of the J. Edgar Hoover Building.


    They should have zero funded the FBI and directed those funds to fund police at the local level where Democrat Mayors and local leaders defunded the police. That or fund minorities and people of color to buy their own guns and ammo, just like the Left wishes to fund their pro-abort fetish

    #DeFund FBI
    #ReFund Local Police

    1. What, exactly, would you like the GOP to do, given that any bill and proposals that come from the House must then be passed in the current Senate? And then not vetoed by FJB? What, specifically, should they be doing that they aren’t?

  5. Meanwhile, hours ago the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Stayed the Missouri v Joetard case pending “expedited” hearing.

    The panel of 3 appellate judges that Stayed the ruling of district court Judge Doughty is comprised of a Clinton appointee, an Obama appointee, and a Trump appointee. This is not necessarily the same 3 judges that will comprise the panel that hears arguments, and to my understanding, there’s a possibility that the hearing might skip the 3-judge-panel process and go before the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, OR (less likely) upon motion of any party, be taken directly to the Supreme Court, which could accept the case or reject it pending hearing in the lower Court of Appeals.

  6. I am disappointed to see that nowhere is Prof. Turley’s written testimony does he address penalties for abuse of the 702 system. Kevin Clinesmith being the prime example. In my view a government lawyer who knowingly lies to the FISA court should be permanently disbarred at the very least, and I would argue should have faced significant time in prison.

  7. The last 16 minutes of the hearing were the best IMO.
    So from 2 hours 45 mins to the end.

    A secret court is of course unconstitutional, like so many other things done recently. I appreciated the comment that if you’re going to have a secret court an entire defendant or advocate check needs to be stood up, one that can go to appellate courts with the illegal lies problem the government goes forward with in over 90% of the fisa cases.

    It all reminds me of how they have structured the “Grand Jury”. All secret, fill the jurors ears with lies while withholding all exculpatory evidence this the ham sandwich is always guilty. It’s really the worst of jokes ever, and they call it justice when it’s the sickest of criminal conspiracy.

    1. “Grand Jury”. All secret, fill the jurors ears with lies while withholding all exculpatory evidence this the ham sandwich is always guilty

      The Grand Jury is a political invention, to give those elected, to dodge responsibility.

      But it is not crooked. Its only purpose is to judge the evidence presented as to it relevancy, and veracity. The actual trial, begins the actual due process, of adversarial fights over relevency, veracity, and legality.


    When America finally obtains a Supreme Court that “supports” the Constitution, as it is sworn to do, the FISA will be struck down and “decided” unconstitutional.

    Until then, Justices must be impeached and convicted for gross dereliction, negligence, subversion, abuse of power, corruption, crimes of high office et al., if not treason.

    Elected officials must adapt and “govern,” not in despotism and tyranny, but within the severe limitations and restrictions of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    4th Amendment

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    1. Meanwhile pot is legal I. Mn next week. No one reads this….the millions are off to circuses. While Rome burns….can’t replenish the strategic reserve.

      Have to resort to cluster bombs. And now call up our guard. When everyone relayed already knows their nephews are deployed to Europe. The imbecile needs stopped. Who who who Hayden who?

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