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House Introduces Bill To Reform FISA, Law Allowing Foreign Intel Gathering On US Soil

A seal reading "Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation" is displayed on the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington, DC, o August 9, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee proposed legislation Monday to restrict the intelligence community’s warrantless surveillance authority and impose stiffer punishments for violations.
  • Spearheaded by Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs, the plan boasts Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Ranking member Jerold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., as cosponsors.
  • The measure would restrict the number of FBI personnel who could conduct searches under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and impose a requirement that law enforcement obtain a warrant to examine information on Americans.
  • FISA’s Section 702 permits the warrantless surveillance of foreigner’s abroad, a process that often results in the accumulation of communications from Americans with whom the subjects engage. The surveillance tool, however, has come under intense scrutiny amid Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) determinations that the intelligence community has improperly surveilled Americans.

 

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