The Senate voted by a razor-thin margin Tuesday to invoke cloture on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would reauthorize for six years Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill includes some significant changes to 702, though the reforms are substantially more modest than those sought by privacy advocates.
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As the year is coming to a close, Congress has now missed the deadline for reauthorizing FISA Section 702. Molly Reynolds, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies and expert on Congress, joined Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey for a converation on the failure to reauthorize and what happens next. They discussed the politics of Section 702, the influence of this year's overall legislative agenda, and what to expect in 2018 for the crucial intelligence apparatus.
Document: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017
The House Permament Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has released its version of the FISA Amendements Reauthorization Act of 2017.
You can find the document here:
On Nov. 8, the House Judiciary Committee passed, 27-8, a revised version of the USA Liberty Act of 2017 with several amendments. Below is a summary of the bill the committee passed, including key changes.
NOTE: This post summarizes the text of Sen. Richard Burr's bill as it stood before a closed committee markup hearing on Oct. 25. An updated bill is now available here.
Below is the newly released draft bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) that Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, reported. The bill would extend the authorization for eight years. The committee plans to mark up the bill in a closed session on Oct. 24.
Today, a group of former national security officials released a letter to key members of Congress urging the reauthorization of Section 702, which will expire on Dec. 31. The full text of the letter is here.
Lawfare editors Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes recently criticized efforts to reform Section 702 of FISA before it expires at the end of 2017. Based on our own experience with Section 702, we respectfully disagree. There are compelling reasons to reform Section 702, notably the principles of the Fourth Amendment.
On Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation concerning FISA Section 702. The following is his speech as delivered:
Last week on our Foreign Policy feed, we wrote about how the USA Liberty Act, which is the House Judiciary Committee's proposal to reauthorize the Section 702 surveillance program, takes for granted that a "clean reauthorization" is impossible and imposes reforms for the sake of reform. The piece begins: