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Vote “NO” on Amendments to Expand Domestic Surveillance and Enact Patriot Act 2.0

A one-pager from the Brennan Center for Justice detailing how the proposed amendments offered by members of the House Intelligence Committee will dangerously and unnecessarily expand domestic surveillance. 

Last Updated: April 11, 2024
Published: April 10, 2024

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is scheduled to expire on April 19 unless renewed, is a warrantless surveillance authority that is supposed to be targeted at non-Americans located abroad. But this collection “inevitably” captures Americans’ communications, too. Intelligence agencies have turned Section 702 into a domestic spying tool, using it to perform hundreds of thousands of warrantless “backdoor” searches for Americans’ private phone calls, e-mails, and text messages every year. These searches have included shocking abuses, including baseless searches for the communications of 141 Black Lives Matter protesters, members of Congress, 19,000 donors to a congressional campaign, a local political party, and tens of thousands of people involved in “civil unrest.” Lawmakers from both parties have thus vowed not to reauthorize the law without “significant reforms.”

The “Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act,” however, is a reform bill in name only. Moreover, instead of amending the bill to include the necessary protections for Americans’ privacy, members of the House Intelligence Committee plan to offer amendments that  will dangerously—and unnecessarily—expand domestic surveillance. The one-pager below details these amendments and explains why House members should reject them. 

BCJ One-pager on HPSCI Amendments 4–11–24 by The Brennan Center for Justice on Scribd