“Mr. Speaker – Do not extend this Bill”!

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More than 50 lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to avoid linking a soon-to-expire surveillance program to a massive defense policy bill.

Reps. Warren Davidson (R-OH) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), two skeptics of government surveillance, spearheaded this letter, which comes weeks before the year-end deadline of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Section 702 is a law that allows intelligence agencies to collect communications of targeted foreigners. It also may lead to targeted surveillance of Americans’ private communications, which privacy advocates consider a run around the Fourth Amendment’s requirement for a warrant to search Americans’ communications. The law will expire at the end of 2023.

“If Section 702 is to be reauthorized for even a single day, it must be through standalone legislation subject to robust, open debate and amendment,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter. Breitbart.

Matt Gaetz posted that he had had an assurance from the Speaker on this issue.

We urgently need congressional leaders to tell the public they will stand up for the privacy of their constituents and oppose any Section 702 reauthorization in the National Defense Authorization Act. It’s time to fix FISA NOW!