Controversial US surveillance program (briefly?) lapses amid congressional dysfunction

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The Senate has handed a invoice reauthorizing Part 702 of the Overseas Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a controversial program that enables warrantless spying on international “targets,” however an extended, knock-down, drag-out combat over amendments saved the Senate in session previous midnight on Friday, when the surveillance program formally expired.

To be clear, the spying wasn’t really going to cease. As Sen. Mike Lee (R-OH) identified on the Senate ground on Friday afternoon, the FISA court docket just lately granted a authorities request to permit this system to proceed till April 2025.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) claimed that the FISA court docket’s extension of Part 702 certification “doesn’t imply this system can proceed uninterrupted for one more yr.”


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