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US Senate takes aim at “warrantless surveillance”


The US Congress still hasn’t passed any legislation to reign in what critics call “warrantless surveillance” of US citizens by the nation’s multiple spy agencies. But there are now five proposals on the table aimed in that direction.

The latest, introduced last week, is the Senate version of the USA (United and Strengthening American) Liberty Act of 2017, which at least some privacy advocates say is a marked improvement over a House bill of the same name that was introduced in early October 2017.

Both bills would put restrictions on the most contentious provision – Section 702 – of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is up for renewal, reform or expiration by the end of the year.

Section 702, according to its numerous critics, has allowed government intelligence agencies – the NSA, CIA, FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center – to collect and sift through vast troves of information on an unknown number (intelligence agencies won’t say...(continued)

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