Lawmakers To Allow Warrantless Spying On Americans

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(TargetLiberty.org) – On Monday, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a new bill that would reauthorize the spy powers of the intelligence community while placing certain restrictions on the type of data that Americans can collect. As part of the new bill law enforcement authorities that violate the law could face significant penalties.

The bill is specifically focused on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Section 702, which gives the intelligence community the right to monitor the communication of foreigners abroad, which often means that communications with Americans are also being surveilled.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) along with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, including Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), has brought forward the bill which covers aspects that are not included in the under-development House Intelligence bill that is focused on placing certain restrictions on the usage of American data.

The bill is part of a general attempt to provide a resolution to the debate concerning Section 702 ahead of its expiration at the end of the year. This has also led to multiple debates and efforts to reform the bill and provide reauthorization for the bill’s controversial powers.

The bill includes several provisions, including the requirement to obtain a warrant to look at information relating to any American. It also restricts the number of FBI personnel that are allowed to use Section 702 for their searches. This is because the FBI has been the agency accused of most frequently abusing this law.

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