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 the time to contact your House member and Senators and tell them to oppose H.R. 4478 and to let Section 702 expire. You can find contact info for the Massachusetts delegation at our wiki. You can also tweet at them, but calls this morning are best.
Some civil libertarians in Congress have proposed a reform bill called the USA RIGHTS Act. While it is an improvement over the current form of Section 702, we want Section 702 to expire. Please lookup your US representative and senator and call them today.