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Congress Must Address Section 702 Of The Fisa Amendments Act May 21, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"But there is more. There is another law. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, section 702, allows the seizure, without a warrant, of the content of emails, text messages, and phone calls by our government. Congress must address this, as it has addressed section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. It also allows, under 702, the backdoor search; in other words, NSA can go into Google and seize information about Americans without a warrant."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 21, 2015
Al Franken, D-MN
"Now, look, to get the broad, bipartisan support we needed, Senator Heller and I had to compromise a great deal. We didn’t get everything we wanted when we initially negotiated our provisions last year, and we had to compromise further still this year, particularly with regard to government reporting under section 702, which authorizes the collection, for intelligence purposes, of communications of foreign persons abroad. I am disappointed the bill doesn’t include all of the requirements we agreed on last year and that were included in the Senate bill last Congress, which had 58 votes."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"I think it is a great question, and some are saying that through the backdoor of abusing 702, that if there were 90,000 people targeted last year through using this 702, that we collected the information on 900,000 individuals who were incidental and were not the target at all. So for every one byte of data we are collecting on somebody, we are collecting nine bytes of data on somebody who is not the target."
H.R. 2408, The Usa Freedom Act May 20, 2015
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"The USA Freedom Act should include more robust protections to prevent the surveillance of individuals with no nexus to terrorism or any specific investigation. This would ensure adequate protections against indiscriminate surveillance from the government and ensure that Section 215 cannot be used to collect Americans’ records unrelated to any specific investigation. We should also be working for more robust minimization procedures to ensure that information collected under Section 215 is not stored in databases for years. This type of provision was included in a previous version of this bill and must be restored. We should also work to limit additional authorities outside of Section 215 that have been used to collect Americans’ records in bulk. We know that the government has used other authorities—such as administrative subpoena laws—to collect Americans’ records in bulk. And finally, H.R. 2048 should be amended to ensure that the government does not use authorities under Section 702 as a backdoor to conduct surveillance on Americans. Section 702 allows the government to intercept contents of Americans’ electronic communications with individuals abroad—and stores them in a database—without a warrant. Reforms to Section 702 should be included in this bill."
Uniting And Strengthening America By Fulfilling Rights And Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act Of 2015 May 15, 2015
Chris Van Hollen, D-MD
"In the wake of last week’s 2nd Circuit Court Decision, I want to commend Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Congressman Sensenbrenner, and Congressman Nadler, for crafting legislation that makes meaningful reforms to many NSA surveillance programs—including Section 215 of the Patriot Act—and is a departure from the untenable status quo. However, despite these positive reforms, this bill fails to address Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, an even more invasive program than Section 215 which allows the government to collect both data and content of Americans without a warrant."

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