Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) asked his fellow senators this week to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without debate, even though FISA would continue the U.S. government’s power to conduct warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens.
If Congress fails to renew FISA by December 31, the amendments that were added to the bill in 2008 will expire, including the U.S. government’s authority to monitor the emails and phone calls of citizens without a warrant, reports TheHill.com.
Earlier this year, the National Security Agency (NSA) refused to answer questions from Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) about how many Americans had been targeted under FISA.
At the time, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that under FISA: “Everyone becomes suspect when big brother is listening.”
Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan ) added: “We’ve been told that we can’t even tell how many people are being subjected to this process located in the United States, and that we don’t know and they can’t tell us. Why can't we know how many people are affected by FISA amendment act in the US? This kind of vagueness creates suspicions.”