This past week Congress passed a six-year extension to "Section 702." MTSU Professor Larry Burris stated...
Some fear that Section 702 allows for the government to needlessly spy on Americans. The U.S. House of Representatives says that is not the case.
Below are more details from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
ALLEGATION: Section 702 allows NSA to collect all of the Internet-based communications flowing to or from the United States.
TRUTH: Section 702 collection can only be directed against specific foreign targets outside the United States pursuant to an Attorney General / Director of National Intelligence certification. It does not allow for bulk collection.
ALLEGATION: NSA can engage in warrantless spying on Americans under Section 702 because it is simply required to demonstrate that the spying is needed to acquire "foreign intelligence information." This could justify virtually any spying, including spying on communications transmitted by journalists or activists.
TRUTH: Section 702 authority has not been used and may not be used to target Americans for surveillance, including the communications of journalists or activists. Doing so would be illegal and no such violations have occurred.
Hear the entire two minute segment of what Dr. Larry Burriss has to say about Section 702 below:
Read more about Section 702 HERE: