Administration Seeks Broad Authority to Intercept Calls, E-Mail
In a far-reaching new proposal to Congress, the Administration is asking for authority to intercept, without a court order, any international telephone call or e-mail made by any American citizen. The proposed legislation would not require that the targeted communication involve terrorism or other dangerous conduct. The proposal would amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to allow the National Security Agency to force communications carriers to turn over without a court order any international communications into and out of the United States for indefinite storage and data-mining. CDT strongly opposes the proposal.