The house of representatives voted for the renewal of the intelligence surveillance abroad

The house of representatives voted for the renewal of the intelligence surveillance abroad

Thursday, January 11, the House of representatives voted to extend a program of surveillance carried out by intelligence services abroad. It includes wiretapping, viewing e-mails of foreign citizens without obtaining a special permission (a warrant) the court in cases where there is reason to believe that these people are involved or may be involved in terrorism. By the way, the justification for the surveillance is on the exploration, however, since the authorization to conduct operational activities are necessary, and to check the validity of the reasons for their conduct almost no one.

In some cases surveillance can be carried out against Americans communicating with foreigners who are in the field of view of the intelligence.

The house of representatives voted for the renewal of the intelligence surveillance abroad

The program of surveillance provided by Section 702 of the Act on the monitoring of foreign intelligence (FISA) enacted in 1978 and amended in 2008. the validity of the rules expired in January 2018, but now it is extended for 6 years. In the document made some amendments regarding the protection of the private lives of Americans. For example, it is forbidden to reveal the names of those US citizens that were under surveillance. special limits are set for surveillance during the change of power in the country (during the presidential elections, for example).

For the extension of the program has been supported by 256 house members, voted against 164.

The extension of the program called the U.S. President Donald trump, the head of the FBI’s Christopher RAE and the heads of other intelligence agencies of the United States.

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