Justin Amash

Put some blinders on the feds' prying eyes

Put some blinders on the feds' prying eyes

The House faces a crucial choice Thursday over how to extend a program that is credited with disrupting terrorist plots but also has taken a toll on Americans’ privacy.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on competing bills to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. That law enables the National Security Agency to intercept the emails, text messages and other electronic communications of foreigners living abroad, but in the process, the private conversations of Americans at the other end of those communications are scooped up — putting them at risk of criminal prosecution.

Both bills would make it harder for the FBI to engage in “backdoor searches”...

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