Weekly Spotlight: A Disappointing Bill

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including Section 702. 

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On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including Section 702. POGO has long advocated for substantial reforms to this controversial provision — which has enabled the government to engage in mass, warrantless surveillance — and to close the data broker loophole, which allows law enforcement agencies to circumvent the Fourth Amendment by purchasing personal data rather than getting a warrant for it.

We are profoundly disappointed to see the House succumb to fearmongering, passing a bill that continues to let government agencies gather information on the American people without a warrant via backdoor searches, and that expands surveillance authorities to permit suspicionless searches for any non-U.S. person or immigrant seeking permission to travel to the United States.

We appreciate the work you’ve been doing to push Congress to end warrantless surveillance once and for all. With your support, surveillance hawks needed to fight harder than ever before. This vote is a reminder that constitutional principles must be defended — irrespective of the political party in power. The bill now heads to the Senate where we will continue fighting to stop final passage.


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