- A controversial surveillance law is set to expire at the end of the month.
- But Congress is still bitterly divided over whether to reauthorize it, reform it, or completely repeal it.
- FISA Section 702, which allows the US government to conduct warrantless communications collections, was born out of the post-9/11 surveillance era.
Congress has just days to extend, reform, or repeal Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a highly controversial surveillance law that allows the US government to track and collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant, even if Americans’ communications are incidentally picked up along the way.
Lawmakers have until they leave for the holiday break on Friday to reauthorize Section 702 before it expires on December 31, but they’re still divided over how to address it.
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