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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:27 AM   #1
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Never mind Trump and all the noise, what are your thoughts about this program in general? Do you think it may impact you personally? Again, it is a question about the program itself and how it may impact American citizens. Thank you
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Old January 13th, 2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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Interesting that FISA was passed and implemented because of surveillance abuse, most notably during Nixon's reign.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was first enacted in 1978 (Public Law 95-511) and later amended, including in 1994, by the Patriot Act, and by the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. It was at the center of the controversy concerning domestic spying by the National Security Agency. It was passed after revelations of massive domestic spying abuses by the FBI, CIA and NSA were documented in reports issued by the Church Committee in the 1970s. In 1972, the United States Supreme Court reviewed some of those abuses and declared that warrantless wiretaps of domestic groups for national security reasons violated the Fourth Amendment. United States v. United States District Court (Keith), 407 U.S. 297 (1972).

The FISA provided special procedures for conducting electronic surveillance of telephones, etc. for foreign intelligence purposes including setting up a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to authorize such surveillance. 50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. The Act provides for surveillance of American citizens and others for whom the court determines that there is probable cause that they are "agents of a foreign power" as defined in the statute.
It has a long legislative history which can be viewed here: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) · Surveillance · CNSS

The last legislation applying to FISA:
USA Freedom Act

The USA Freedom Act was signed into law on June 2, 2015. The Act makes clear that Congress does not authorize the mass collection by the NSA of the metadata of all communications by Americans – whether by telephone or internet – while preserving the government’s capability to retrieve the metadata of communications by suspected terrorists. The Act does so by amending not only the business records provision of the PATRIOT Act, section 215, but also by amending the pen register/trap and trace provisions of the FISA that were used by the NSA for bulk collection of Americans’ internet metadata, and by amending national security letter authorities so that they may not be used for such bulk collection. The Act requires greater transparency about the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, by mandating disclosure concerning rulings by the Court, a necessary step to prevent the use of secret law for the secret surveillance of Americans. It also requires additional public reporting concerning the use of these surveillance authorities and requires internal reviews by agency Inspectors General.
I believe the feds need "extra tools" to monitor agents domestic and foreign who do not have your and my best interests at heart. Finding the right balance is daunting.
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