House approves another five years of warrantless wiretapping | Ars Technica

The House of Representatives easily passed legislation on Wednesday to re-authorize the FISA Amendments Act, the 2008 law that allows the federal government to intercept the international communications of Americans with minimal judicial oversight. The vote was 301 to 118.

“I think that the government needs to comply with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution all the time,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in a floor speech opposing the bill. “We can be safe while still complying with the Constitution of the United States.”

But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, (R-TX) disagreed. “Foreign terrorists continue to search for new ways to attack America,” he said before the vote. “Foreign nations continue to spy on America, to plot cyber attacks, and attempt to steal sensitive information from our military and private-sector industries.”

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One thought on “House approves another five years of warrantless wiretapping | Ars Technica

  1. This is a huge problem, because it completely eradicates part of our bill of rights. I have heard of horror stories of innocent people being tapped by the government because of their searches on Google. I think that it is true that there are many people plotting cyber attacks on America to gain information. I do not think that this is the only use that this wire tapping is being used for. This has caused the once easily searchable, anonymous internet, to become a panopticon causing people to not perform searches that they would like to due to fear of monitoring.

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