Surveillance Bill Indefinitely Delayed

Surveillance Bill Indefinitely Delayed

( – With the Heroes Act in gridlock, the House moved to vote on the FISA renewal proposal recently drafted by the Senate. However, things didn’t go as planned. Now, Congress is trying to figure out what to do next.

The FISA renewal was dropped after a lack of popular support and a veto threat from President Donald Trump.

The House and Senate are set to work together to draft another version, though they haven’t laid out a timeline. The FISA bill would have reauthorized three primary surveillance provisions:

  • Business records: would authorize the government to collect info from internet and phone service providers
  • Roving wiretaps: allows investigators to eavesdrop to individuals switching phone numbers or utilizing “burner phones”
  • Lone wolf: enables the government to keep an eye on foreigners suspected of giving aid for foreign terrorists, even if not directly tied to terrorist groups

These reauthorizations were initially in Attorney General William Barr’s favor when it passed the House, as it would protect against surveillance power abuses. However, when the Senate made revisions last week with an 80-16 vote to send back to the House for approval, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated the new version would lower investigation powers.

The “spy bill” has failed to be renewed several times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, with so much going on, it’s unclear how long it’ll be until it finally passes through Congress.

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  1. warrantless spying of any type should be BANNED at all levels of government. Our constitution describes in detail how this is authorized, before a judge supported by an oath describing the “probable cause” and EXACTLY who and what, where, when and what may be seized. This a must!!

  2. All of our rights are being taken away starting to feel like china and Russia. What ever happened to the Land of the free

  3. We have no more rights in the USA ,they have been taken away by all the Politicians and Congress in DC.

  4. There is already too much surveilence of the general public. No more. We have private lives and they should be kept private.

  5. I Think Provisions #1 & #2 should LIMIT Govt’s Power to Surveil CITIZENS & Legal Residents, and # 3, even w/ FOREIGNERS in Country, They should go Before a ELECTED JUDGE, w/ VERIFIED Evidence, NOT just Suspicion, but “REASONABLE SUSPICION”,4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution !

    and No Warrants shall issue, but upon Probable Cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation, and particularly describing the Place to be Searched, and the Persons or Things to be Seized.

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