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House Extends Warrantless Surveillance Law

Over the objections of an array of privacy groups, the House voted to extend the law permitting the government to eavesdrop on international communications–such as email and phone calls–between U.S. citizens and individuals “reasonably believed to be” foreigners living outside the U.S.

The law in question is the FISA Amendments Act, which gives the government broad surveillance powers that are “conducted without meaningful judicial authorization and without probable cause,” the letter says.

CDT opposes reauthorization because safeguards to protect the privacy of Americans’ communications have not been included in the House legislation.  The Senate is expected to take up the legislation, and some safeguards, this fall.