Congress Set to Reauthorize Controversial Surveillance Program

December 21, 2017

Reauthorize Controversial Surveillance ProgramThe House is poised to reauthorize a controversial warrantless surveillance program allowing government collection of foreign emails on U.S. soil.

The authority known as Section 702, established in 2008 as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, allows the National Security Agency to collect information and communications of overseas foreign targets from U.S. companies without a warrant.

The program is set to expire on New Year’s Eve if the House doesn’t reauthorize the measure.

Section 702 “is the single most important operational statute that the NSA has,” according to NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell. “There is no replacement for it.”

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    “Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, pushed back against the idea of limiting the government’s warrantless authority, calling it “an effort to politicize the 702 bill.” If anyone has politicized this program, it was the democrats under Obama a trying to help Clinton.
    “We’ve uncovered not a scintilla of evidence that there was ever any improper unmasking in the 702 program,” Schiff said. ” Nor have they found a scintilla of evidence regarding the Russia collusion, but he still is in favor of those investigations continuing. As for no proof, ever hear of Susan Rice? Has she not admitted to unmasking people in under these warrants?

    All this aside, I believe this program needs to continue. It has been used as a valuable tool for the intel community, despite the use by less than scrupulous politicians.

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