(WASHINGTON) #FISA Latest: Congress Vote Expanding Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Data: Bipartisan lawmakers says blanket collection of the communications is unconstitutional. @RonWyden @RandPaul @RepZoeLofgren among lawmakers who want reforms to FISA 702 before voting to reauthorize it #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.11: Editor says as this was due to happen Congress Is About To Vote On Expanding the Warrantless Surveillance of Americans: This was reported on Wednesday: Group of bipartisan lawmakers says blanket collection of the communications by Americans is unconstitutional. @RonWyden @RandPaul @RepZoeLofgren among lawmakers who want reforms to FISA 702 before voting to reauthorize it. http://pic.twitter.com/jmbFx7lwBt— Alexandra Limon News January 10, 2018: #AceNewsDesk reports


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http://ift.tt/2Dh6IuC On Tuesday afternoon, a handful of U.S. Representatives will convene to review an amendment that would reauthorize warrantless foreign surveillance and expand the law so that it could include American citizens:
It would, in effect, legalise a surveillance practice abandoned by the NSA in 2017 in order to appease the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which found the NSA to have abused its collection capacity several times. If it passes Tuesday’s review, the bill may be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as Thursday………..Drafted by the House Intelligence Committee last December, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 is an amendment to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)………It is one of six different FISA-related bills under consideration by Congress at the moment, but by far the most damaging to the privacy rights of American citizens………FISA was enacted in 1978, but Section 702, referred to by former FBI Director James Comey as the “crown jewels of the intelligence community,” wasn’t added until 2008…….This section allows intelligence agencies to surveil any foreigner outside the U.S. without a warrant that the agency considers a target…….The problem is that this often resulted in the warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens as well due to two loopholes known as “backdoor searches” and “about collection.” Backdoor search refers to a roundabout way of monitoring Americans’ communications. Since intelligence agencies are able to designate any foreigner’s communications as a target for surveillance, if this foreigner has communicated with an American this means this American’s communications are then also considered fair game for surveillance by the agency

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