Both chambers of the U.S. Congress voted to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with changes that, for the first time, explicitly endorse warrantless searches of millions of Americans’ communications.
Today, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security released a report trumpeting that “three out of every four, or 402, individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts” since 9/11 were foreign-born.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), with changes that would for the first time endorse warrantless searches of millions of Americans’ online and phone communications.
Because the government could still search the 702 data without a warrant at the early stages of its investigations, the FBI acknowledged to lawmakers that the bill’s warrant requirement would rarely apply in practice.
Brennan Center Experts, including Liberty & National Security Program Co-Director Faiza Patel and Senior Counsel Michael W. Price, are available for interview on the case and Trump’s immigration policy.