Table of Contents - October 16, 2017
FISA Reform Bill Falls Short For Civil Liberties Coalition
A coalition of civil liberties groups this week announced that they would oppose the USA Liberty Act (HR 3989) in its current form. They want the bill, which would reauthorize and reform section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, modified to require authorities to obtain warrants based on probable cause before searching the surveillance database.
HR 3989 was introduced last week by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; John Conyers Jr. (D., Mich.), its ranking member; and several other committee leaders. The bill would reauthorize section 702 of FISA, a key surveillance law that allows the U.S. to spy on foreigners who are not in the U.S., and would impose new restrictions on the ability of U.S. government authorities to use section 702 to obtain information about Americans (CPR, Oct. 9).
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