Today, the Senate passed the re-authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA), a bill that gives the National Security Agency power to monitor the international phone calls and emails of Americans. The American Library Association asked library supporters to contact their legislators to advocate for amendments that would increase privacy protections to the law.
Prior to the vote on the provision, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) asked for more time for the Senate to debate and consider amendments that would increase privacy protections and add transparency requirements.
The FAA is the 2008 law that, among other things, legalized the Bush administration’s warrant-less wiretapping program. As it did in 2008, ALA opposed the warrantless wiretap program because the public is at risk of being needlessly spied upon with little or no legal recourse, as the law reads now.
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