CD291: Warrantless Spying Continues

CD291: Warrantless Spying Continues

Apr 25, 2024

“FISA 702” allows the government to spy on foreigners and store the information that they collect about American citizens incidentally. After more than a decade of FBI officials inappropriately searching the database of our information without warrants, Congress just reauthorized the program and made some changes – some reigning the program in and some expanding it. In this episode, learn what those changes are and how they are likely to affect you.

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Background Sources

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“US Senate votes to reauthorize surveillance program, Biden to sign swiftly.” Jasper Ward. April 20, 2024. Reuters.

“Reformers Narrowly Lose on FISA Reform, Now Get Patriot Act 2.0.” Luke Goldstein. April 12, 2024. The American Prospect.

“FBI misused intelligence database in 278,000 searches, court says.” Zeba Siddiqui. May 19, 2023. Reuters.

“Document re: Section 702 2021 Certification.” April 21, 2022. U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

“Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation.” December 2019. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General.

“Surveillance of Foreigners Outside the United States Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” [R44457].” Edward C. Liu. April 13, 2016. Congressional Research Service.

History of Surveillance

“Domestic Surveillance and AT&T.” Mark Klein. November 8, 2007. C-SPAN Washington Journal.

“Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts.” James Risen and Eric Lichtblau. December 16, 2005. The New York Times.

NSA Spy Center

“Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA’s Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos.)” Kashmir Hill. March 4, 2013. Forbes.

“The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say.)” James Bamford. March 15, 2012. Wired.

PRISM program

“Everything you need to know about PRISM.” T.C. Sottek and Janus Kopfstein. July 17, 2013. The Verge.


H.R.7888 – Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act

Jen’s highlighted version

Vote Breakdowns


H.R.6304 – FISA Amendments Act of 2008

Audio Sources

Senate Session

April 19, 2024

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House Session

April 12, 2024

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Domestic Surveillance and AT&T

November 8, 2007
C-SPAN Washington Journal


Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito


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Clare Kuntz Balcer

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