House Judiciary Introduces FISA Reauthorization

Elliot Setzer
Monday, February 24, 2020, 5:03 PM

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The House Judiciary Committee today introduced draft legislation to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Among other things, the draft legislation would repeal authority to access call detail records on an ongoing basis, and would also require the declassification review and public release of significant decisions, orders, and opinions within 180 days of being issued. The proposed legislation would expand mandatory reporting on the number of search terms and queries concerning a U.S. citizen to include reporting on search terms and queries that are “reasonably likely to identify a United States person.” In addition, the reauthorization would expand the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to appoint amicus curiae and would allow appointed amicus curiae to seek review of FISC decisions. The committee will mark up the draft on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

You can read the draft legislation here and below.

Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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