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46 ex-security officials support FISA 702 reauthorization; Snowden urges public to oppose it. – Citizen Watch Report

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by arnott

For those that don’t know FISA 702 allows the FBI and other agencies warrantless access to your messages, calls, emails, etc… they want to expand it to force your internet providers, a coffee shop with a router, and any medium your data would go through to be accessible without a warrant.

Read more about about this fascist reform bill they are trying to pass: x.com/lizagoitein/status/1734249938333167889?s=46&t=rQks-ZMtRHGDrfJntd-foQ

From tweet:

Call Congress RIGHT NOW, or it may be too late.

Say they must:

1) OPPOSE the “House Intelligence Committee’s ‘FISA 702 reauthorization’ bill,” a FAKE REFORM that secretly EXPANDS warrantless surveillance.

2) SUPPORT the “Protect Liberty” bill, the competing REAL reform.

More info:

RED ALERT: Buried in the House intelligence committee’s Section 702 “reform” bill, which is schedule for a floor vote as soon as tomorrow, is the biggest expansion of surveillance inside the United States since the Patriot Act. 1/11

Through a seemingly innocuous change to the definition of “electronic service communications provider,” the bill vastly expands the universe of U.S. businesses that can be conscripted to aid the government in conducting surveillance. 2/11

Under current law, the government can compel companies that have direct access to communications, such as phone, email, and text messaging service providers, to assist in Section 702 surveillance by turning over the communications of Section 702 targets. 3/11

Under Section 504 of the House intelligence committee’s bill, any entity that has access to equipment on which communications may be transmitted or stored, such as an ordinary router, is fair game. What does that mean in practice? It’s simple… 4/11

Hotels, libraries, coffee shops, and other places that offer wifi to their customers could be forced to serve as surrogate spies. They could be required to configure their systems to ensure that they can provide the government access to entire streams of communications. 5/11

Even a repair person who comes to fix the wifi in your home would meet the revised definition: that person is an “employee” of a “service provider” who has “access” to “equipment” (your router) on which communications are transmitted. 6/11

The bill’s sponsors deny that Section 504 is intended to sweep so broadly. What is the provision intended to do, and how is the government planning to use it? Sorry, that’s classified. 7/11

At the end of the day, though, the government’s claimed intent matters little. What matters is what the provision, on its face, actually allows—because as we all know by now, the government will interpret and apply the law as broadly as it can get away with. 8/11

This isn’t a minor or theoretical concern. One of the FISA Court amici posted a blog to warn Americans about this provision. I can’t overstate how unusual it is for FISA Court amici to take to the airwaves in this manner. We’d be foolish to ignore it. 9/11

If you don’t want to have to worry that the NSA is tapping into communications at the hotel where you’re staying, tell your House representative to vote NO on the House intelligence bill this week. More on the many flaws with that bill here: 10/11

Instead, they should vote for the Protect Liberty & End Warrantless Surveillance Act, a bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee on a 35-2 vote that would reauthorize Sec. 702 with strong reforms to protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties. 11/11

 

 



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