WWhile #Americans we're distracted by the possibility of the 2020 presidential campaign of #Oprah following her recent #GoldenGlobes speech, the #UnitedStates government has ramped up it's campaign to let the #FBI legally spy on Americans without a warrant.
Section 702 of the #ForeignIntelligenceAct (#FISA) came through the introduction of the USA #LibertyAct & served as the foundation for the NSA's largest & most egregious surveillance programs for the last decade. It was set to expire on December 31, but because it was last authorized by the court on April 26, 2017 for a 12-month period, lawmakers are hopeful that they can find a way to authorize Section 702 before it actually expired on April 26, 2018.
The #LibertyAct passed through committee 27-8 & it allows the government to search our private data without a warrant - a violation of the #4thAmendment. As #TheFreeProject has reported, Congress claimed the Bill would "better protect American's privacy" by requiring the government to have "a legitimate national security purpose" before searching an individual's database. However, what the Bill did not advertise was the fact that it didn't actually address the legitimate problems that exist with Section 702. The FBI's "legitimate national security purpose" could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give & agents would only need supervisory authority in order to search American's metadata.