Congress Must Hold Hearings Before Debating Reauthorization of Section 702 Surveillance Law
Revelation of Almost 3.4 Million Warrantless U.S. Searches by FBI
Today’s news that the FBI conducted almost 3.4 million warrantless searches using the identities of people inside the United States from Dec. 1, 2020, to Nov. 30, 2021, comes with a lot of caveats from officialdom.
Here are the excuses the intelligence community gave to The Wall Street Journal over this latest scandal.
The days of taking the FBI on its word, however, ended when Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (yes, we’re dating ourselves) quit driving down Constitution Avenue to HQ. The FBI has lost the right to uncritical acceptance of its claims after:
Next year, Congress must consider the reauthorization of Section 702, the post 9/11 law passed to give the National Security Agency power to collect intelligence from international communications. The House and Senate Judiciary Committees should hold hearings to ask:
We’ve long called on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to hold hearings into this and similar surveillance practices. We need to learn about the scope of potential abuses long before we begin to debate 702 reauthorization in 2023.
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