At the end of this year, one of the NSA’s largest known warrantless surveillance authorities could ride into the sunset. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is set to expire at the end of the year. That’s the program that allows the NSA to sweep up our internet communications without a warrant (we only learned about this massive program because of Ed Snowden). We also now know that the FBI rummages without a warrant through all that data the NSA collects.
But the Trump Administration and surveillance hawks in Congress are working not only to make sure 702 doesn’t sunset, they want to expand and extend it.
In fact, they are so desperate to renew Section 702, they are considering ramming it through Congress by attaching it to a must-pass spending bill this week.
This would not only extend an unconstitutional mass surveillance program, it would do so without allowing for debate or a clean vote. It would prevent any opportunity for amendments to make common sense reforms to the NSA’s powerful surveillance programs, and the FBI’s ability to rifle through our internet communications without a warrant.
We’ve asked you to take action against Section 702 before, but we need to ask you to take action one more time. It all comes down to this.