Congress Is About To Pass A Massive Expansion To Illegal Surveillance, And Most Haven’t Noticed

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

(The Rundown Live) “The NSA is just DAYS from taking over the internet, and it’s not on the front page of any newspaper–because no one has noticed.”

Those were the words of former NSA contractor and domestic spying whistleblower Edward Snowden as Congress works to reauthorize section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, more commonly known by the acronym FISA.

The House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to expand the program after the vote was deadlocked 212 to 212 last Thursday.

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As Fortune reports, “With just days to go before it expires, it now looks like Section 702 of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)—which compels communications service providers to hand over loads of data to U.S. intelligence—will be renewed after all. But those calling for Section 702’s reform, to better protect Americans, say the controversial surveillance program is about to become more invasive than ever before.”

On April 12th, Oregon’s Democrat senator Ron Wyden referred to the bill as “one of the most dramatic and terrifying expansions of government surveillance authority in history,” in a statement on X (formerly Twitter).

Elizabeth Goitein, civil liberties advocate and co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, noted the ramifications of the expansion of section 702 in a thread.

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