US spy chiefs want expiring internet surveillance law renewed. But why?

On 21st of  December, the U.S. intelligence community leaders had a conference to revive national security agency that is expiring the surveillance law. The US spy chiefs warned in the infrequent public declaration that national security might be in danger of extinction if the lawmakers let it fall.

Intelligence chiefs reacted to expiring surveillance bill and wanted to apply pressure on the lawmakers who appeared not to pass the legislation this week that will reauthorize the NSA’s spying program for some years, which is about to end on 31st December.

US Spy Chiefs Want NSA Bill Renewed
It seems like the USA spy chiefs won’t let the surveillance law expire, ever.

Seeing that, the Federation of Democrats and Republicans created the plan as they wanted to have more privacy in that program, which mainly targets to collect communications from unknown Americans and foreigners.

Though, on Thursday house republican revealed stopgap funding measures that include an extension to surveillance law until 19th January.

The law of foreigner’s surveillance act 702 is now being considered by the U.S. intelligence agencies to be critical for the national security.

Dan Coasts the director of the intelligence agency, general Jeff Sessions, and directors of CIA, NSA, and FBI wrote in a combined statement that there is no replacement for section 702 foreigners’ surveillance act.

They said it would be easy to plan attacks against our citizens without detection if this failure is added to renew the authority. Dan coasts, in particular, emphasized that reauthorization of this authority is very critical already, last month (in October).

What “actually” is the 702 act?

The foreigner’s surveillance act allows the NSA to gather all the digital communication of suspects living outside the United States. However, the program eventually collects communications of Americans for a variety of technical reasons, as well as if they communicate with a foreign suspect living outside the country.

Then those contacts can be converted into searches without having a warrant, adding the federal bureau of investigation.

Subsequently, lawmakers from both parties wanted to restrict the abilities of U.S government to review the collected data of American citizens without any warrant, which is allowed in 702 act currently.

To return to the subject, chiefs of intelligence agencies faulted the plan for the time being to extend the program by saying that short-term projects “fail to provide certainty and will create wasteful operational complications.”

The deadline for expiring surveillance bill might not matter, at all – or maybe, ever

Recently, the U.S officials revealed that because of a contention the end-year deadline might not matter – and the program would continue lawfully as it is certified annually through April.

However, In their statement, the chiefs of intelligence agencies warned that the surveillance act should begin “winding down” very well before April.

Top/Featured Image: By NSA Images / Flickr

Asad Gilani
the authorAsad Gilani
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Asad is a freelance blogger from Pakistan. He is interested in technology and in particular the subject of online security. An open supporter of freedom of speech, privacy, and equality for all. On a personal level, he likes to stay socially active, loves playing snooker, cricket, enjoy seafood, and loves listening to the folk music.

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