FORIEGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT RUBBER STAMPS MASS SURVEILLANCE UNDER SECTION 702 - AGAIN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

FORIEGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT RUBBER STAMPS MASS SURVEILLANCE UNDER SECTION 702 - AGAIN

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION

As someone once said, “the Founders did not fight a revolution to gain the right to government agency protocols.” Well it was not just someone, it was Chief Justice John Roberts. He flatly rejected the government’s claim that agency protocols could solve the Fourth Amendment violations created by police searches of our communications stored in the cloud and accessible through our phones.
Apparently, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) didn’t get the memo. That’s because, under a recently declassified decision from November 2020, the FISC again found that a series of overly complex but still ultimately swiss cheese agency protocols -- that are admittedly not even being followed -- resolve the Fourth Amendment problems caused by the massive governmental seizures and searches of our communications currently occurring under FISA Section 702. The annual review by the FISC is required by law -- it’s supposed to ensure that both the policies and the practices of the mass surveillance under 702 are sufficient. It failed on both counts.

The protocols themselves are inherently problematic. The law only requires that intelligence officials “reasonably believe” the “target” of an investigation to be a foreigner abroad -- it is immaterial to the initial collection that there is an American, with full constitutional rights, on the other side of a communication

Justice Roberts was concerned with a single phone seized pursuant to a lawful arrest. The FISC is apparently unconcerned when it rubber stamps mass surveillance impacting, by the government’s own admission, hundreds of thousand of nonsuspect Americans.

What’s going on here?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian Pacifist Activist, who consistently asks her government to resolve all issues through pragmatic, reasoned negotiations which take a long-term and moral approach to both foreign and domestic policies, and never advocates violence; how in the name of heaven, does that make the "the enemy" in the eyes of the Deep State? And yet, I know, in my heart of hearts, that is how this country's "shadow government" sees me.

And folks, I will be honest; as someone who cares about the future of this country, and the futures of all the kids around us, both of family and friends, that hurts.

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