// 6/11/17 //
The USA FREEDOM Act, surveillance reform legislation that turned two on Friday, has been significant not only in ending the NSA’s bulk collection programs, but also in creating greater transparency into the government’s surveillance programs, argue Caroline Lynch and Lara Flint (Lawfare).
Republican Senator Tom Cotton has introduced legislation to make Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act permanent (Lawfare).
- The White House supports this move, arguing that Section 702 has helped thwart terrorist attacks (NYT).
- The Trump Administration’s support for Section 702 contradicts the President’s public statements on surveillance, notes Neema Singh Guliani (ACLU).
- At Just Security, Sarah St. Vincent writes that Section 702 may be undermining the U.S. criminal justice system.
- Meanwhile, in the Lawfare Podcast, Matt Olsen discusses the future of Section 702, the warrantless foreign intelligence gathering provision (Lawfare).