December 20, 2017
Section 702 is a surveillance authority passed in 2008 as part of the FISA Amendments Act. It is used to justify the NSA's warrantless collection of our emails and other on-line communications. Section 702 has to be renewed every few years.
Thankfully, Section 702 expires at the end of this year. With H.R. 4478, Congress is considering renewing it as is or even making it worse. It may get pushed into the budget to make it easier to approve. The vote on the bill is expected today.
Now is th...