U.S. House Rejects NSA Privacy Amendment

U.S. House Rejects NSA Privacy Amendment

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a re authorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act today, while rejecting an amendment meant to protect American citizens from NSA surveillance.

As described by Politico, Section 702 is

…designed to spy on foreign citizens living outside the U.S. and specifically bars the targeting of American citizens or anyone residing in the U.S. But critics say the program also sweeps up the electronic data of innocent Americans who may be communicating with foreign [individuals]…

A bi-partisan group of legislators led by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) presented an amendment whereby

…officials would need to obtain a court order to query the repository for an American’s information.

The amendment, however, was defeated by a vote of 233 to 183.

This is not the first time a bill attempting to rein in the NSA’s surveillance powers over American phone calls has been defeated: Amash presented a similar bill in 2013, which also failed.