Surveillance

FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Set To Expire at Year's End

But don't get too excited, the Senate will probably renew the law

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As we've told you many times, we believe the FISA Amendments Act is unconstitutional and have taken it to the Supreme Court . There's not a vote in sight in the Senate. Frankly, that's not a bad thing. We won't be disappointed if it sunsets on Dec. 31, as scheduled.

However, it's likely the Senate will eventually vote to reauthorize FISA, and its extraordinary authority to collect international communications coming in and out of the U.S. without a warrant. But senators Wyden, Leahy, Merkley and Tester are working hard to offer amendments that would increase transparency about the use of this very powerful spying law and insert common- sense protections for Americans' information.

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