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Daily Action: Demand Reforms Before Reauthorizing FISA Data Collection

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000

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Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator to secure reforms or else vote against the current version of Senate Bill 139, which would reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. The NSA's ability to engage in snooping that might sweep up our personal online activity, in its attempts to go after foreign surveillance targets, has gone on long enough. This law should not be reauthorized unless additional measures are taken to protect Americans' privacy and end day-to-day violations of our Fourth Amendment rights. Thank you!

Later today (Tuesday 1/16) the Senate votes on reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). That section "allows the government to obtain the communications of foreigners outside the United States, including foreign terrorist threats."

The NSA and other advocates of the policy insist that Section 702 doesn't allow the government to target the communications of any American, even if that American is a terrorist -- and that the foreigners targeted by the law do not enjoy rights under our Constitution. But privacy advocates have long worried that loopholes in the law might allow for the collection and analysis of emails and online activities of Americans (who do have constitutional rights to privacy and freedom from searches without cause, even if they're communicating with suspected foreign terrorists).

The ACLU argued before the House Judiciary Committee that Section 702 "permits the government to unconstitutionally collect Americans' international communications without a warrant." The argument is that NSA may net Americans' data incidentally if they are emailing with foreign targets, or that, once such communications have been collected, other intelligence agencies may try to use it to prosecute (or persecute) Americans.