Faso Supports Reauthorization of Crucial National Security Measures

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Washington, January 11, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) supported re-authorization of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The legislation provides for additional transparency and reporting requirements that will codify new individual privacy protections into law.

“Our intelligence community is critical in our efforts to protect the nation from terror threats. We have made significant improvements since 9/11 in reducing the siloing of information among intelligence agencies to prevent large scale terrorist attacks,” said Faso.

“This proposal addresses previous concerns and strikes the right balance between preserving Fourth Amendment protections and combating the national security threats we face on a daily basis. If a U.S. citizen were engaged in criminal activity unrelated to the FISA investigation, and their email address or cell phone number were discovered during such investigation, law enforcement would be required to obtain a warrant from a court before such new matter could be investigated.

“Failure to extend the FISA Act would put our nation at risk, impacting our ability to investigate terrorist threats – even those which might be an immediate threat. In addition, FISA intelligence is frequently utilized to protect U.S. military forces and diplomatic missions from hostile action by terrorist networks. We cannot let our nation go unprotected against hostile terrorist entities. We must keep this authority, and I was proud to support this legislation today,” concluded Faso.

Additional transparency and reporting requirements:

·         The Intelligence Community must develop separate policies regarding the querying of Section 702 data.  The policies must be reviewed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

·         Places restrictions on how the government can use the Section 702 information about a U.S. person as evidence against that U.S. person in a criminal proceeding unless the FBI obtains an order to do so, or the Attorney General allows the information to be used for a criminal proceeding related to national security or one of the named severe crimes such as murder or kidnapping. 

·         Includes increased whistle-blower protections for contractors working within the intelligence community. 

For examples of how Section 702 has been used to combat threats to the national security, click here.

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