Several members of the House Judiciary Committee have proposed a bill that would severely overhaul the process by which the intelligence community can spy on American citizens under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Just The News reports that the bipartisan bill was introduced by Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and cosponsored by Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).
If passed into law, the bill would implement restrictions on how many FBI agents could carry out searches under Section 702 of FISA, while also providing a requirement that any law enforcement personnel must seek a warrant in order to gather information on American citizens.
As it stands now, Section 702 allows intelligence officials to conduct surveillance on foreigners overseas without getting a warrant; this can subsequently lead to surveillance on Americans who come into contact with the foreigner being spied upon. It was through this process that the FBI ended up spying on the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, based on false allegations that Trump and his campaign were “colluding” with…
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