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NACDL News: NACDL ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by Passage of Warrantless Surveillance Legislation

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Alexandra Funk, and Ian Nawalinski

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On Jan. 18, 2018, the Senate passed S. 139, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, which was signed by the president shortly thereafter, codifying warrantless surveillance of Americans into law. The legislation reauthorizes Section 702 of FISA, which was intended to target the communications of non-U.S. persons overseas, but often captures purely domestic communications.

“NACDL is profoundly disappointed that the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to expand the surveillance power of the executive branch,” said NACDL President Rick Jones upon passage by the Senate. “Instead of using this moment to assess and reform this wide-reaching surveillance program, bringing it in line with critical constitutional protections, Congress chose instead to broaden the impact of the program on people presently in the United States. Enactment of this bill will result in the erosion of Fourth Amendment rights

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