“The Senate Just Voted to Expand the Warrantless Surveillance of US Citizens”
Daniel Oberhaus, Motherboard, January 18, 2018
On Thursday afternoon, the US Senate voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bill that will expand the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. The bill passed by a vote of 65–34, with 43 Republicans and 21 Democrats voting in its favor.
The bill will now go to the White House to be signed into law by President Trump. It reauthorizes FISA Section 702 until 2024.
Among the prominent Democratic senators voting in favor of this patently unconstitutional bill were Tammy Duckworth, Diane Feinstein, Tim Kaine, Amy Klobuchar, Chuck Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, and Debbie Stabenow. Nice work, fools.
“Congress Demanded NSA Spying Reform. Instead, They Let You Down”
Zack Whittaker, Zero Day, January 18, 2018
The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded by renewing their determination to pursue lawsuits against warrantless surveillance of Americans notionally justified by section 702 of FISA and to promote and support the development of strong encryption and other protocols and tools to ensure the privacy of documents and communications.
“An Open Letter to Our Community on Congress's Vote to Extend NSA Spying from EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn”
Cindy Cohn, Deeplinks, Electronic Frontier Foundation, January 18, 2018
We offer this response to the National Security Agency and its allies in Congress: enjoy it while you can because it won't last.
Today's Congressional failure redoubles our commitment to seek justice through the courts and through the development and spread of technology that protects our privacy and security. …
We aim to bring mass surveillance to the Supreme Court. By showcasing the unconstitutionality of the NSA's collect-it-all approach to tapping the Internet, we'll seek to end the dragnet surveillance of millions of innocent people. We know that the wheels of justice turn slowly, especially when it comes to impact litigation against the NSA, but we're in this for the long run.