Representatives Amash (R-MI) and Lofgren (D-CA) have proposed an amendment that will rein in warrantless surveillance by tightening Section 702. They want to attach the amendment to the “minibus,” a catch-all bill to fund much of the federal government for the next fiscal year.
Specifically, the amendment will fix three problems with 702 that we’ve been asking for since Snowden exposed how vast the NSA’s internet dragnet really is. The Amash/Lofgren Amendment prohibits:
1. The intentional targeting of people outside the United States when the real purpose of that targeting is to acquire communications of a particular person in the United States (we call this sneaky trick “reverse targeting”);
2. The acquisition of communications to which no participant is a target (often referred to as “about collection”). The government halted this collection in 2017, but asserts it has the authority to restart this collection; and
3. The acquisition of communications known to be entirely domestic. The government unlawfully collects tens of thousands of wholly domestic communications under Section 702.
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