Biden officials ask Congress to renew spy program set to expire in 2023
The biden administration is pushing congress to renew a surveillance law that is set to expire at the end of the year.
Attorney general merrick garland and director of national
Intelligence avril haines wrote a letter to congressional leadership tuesday — in support of section 7-0-2 of the foreign intelligence surveillance act.
The law, which started after 9/11 and was later brought to americans’ attention in the edward snowden leaks, allows the government to collect — without a warrant — phone calls, text messages, emails, and other data that passes through the u.S. Believed to belong to foreigners living abroad.
It gathers information straight from u.S. Telecommunications firms and other companies like google, meta, microsoft, and apple.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have raised concerns about the law’s impact on americans’ privacy.
Some members of congress are calling for reforms and more transparency over the program.
The spy program has been used to protect the u.S. From a range of threats –
Other countries’ attempts at recruiting spies, countries trying to evade u.S. Sanctions, it’s stopped cyber attacks and arms traffickers.
Assistant attorney general matt olsen said the spy program allows the u.S. To gather intelligence on countries like china.
Quote “At this moment, when china is ramping up its aggressive efforts to spy on americans, we should not, we must not blind ourselves to that threat by allowing this critical authority to expire.”
The law is set to expire at the end of the year.
The last time it was renewed was in 20-18.