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.
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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:
Last week, members of the the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) introduced the “Uniting and Strengthening American Liberty Act of 2017,” known as the “USA Liberty Act.” A discussion draft of the bill had been circulating since a few days prior to introduction.
On October 13, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a live event to discuss the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702. Entitled “Renewal of FISA’s Section 702: Why America Needs the Provision,” the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an address from the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats.
Within the pantheon of Trump administration scandals, the manufactured uproar over “unmasking” came and went quicker than most. It was last spring that White House officials, working in tandem with House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, laundered intelligence information in an effort to train Americans’ sights on a practice that is routine—if highly regulated—within our national security establishment.
Congress has only three months to complete a task that it considers necessary but that is also controversial: reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Section 702 authorizes the government to target surveillance at non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located abroad. Such surveillance can also include their communications with non-targeted U.S. persons.