Balancing National Security & Privacy. What will Congress do about FISA’s 702?

Without Congressional action Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will cease to be a law enforcement tool at the disposal of law enforcement. In the aftermath of 9/11 Congress empowered America’s top law enforcement agencies to  the collect the data on non-US persons. Critics say that 702 surveillance enables law enforcement to gather data in bulk as well as data incidental and unrelated to legitimate threats. Law enforcement maintains that 702 is a critical tool in thwarting terrorism and in fighting crime. Yet, Congress has set the expiration date on 702 powers to December 31, 2017. Now, Congress must weigh the pros and cons of the provision and decide to one of three things: 1) reauthorize 702) revise 702 or 3) retire  the 702 by not-acting (it will simply sunset).  When it comes to balancing national security and privacy protections, what will Congress do with 702?

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  • Michelle Richardson – Deputy Director, Freedom, Security, and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology (Bio)
  • Adam Klein – Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security (Bio)
  • Stuart Evans – Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice 
  • Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein – Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice (Bio)
  • Tim Lordan (Moderator) – Executive Director, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (Bio)

DATE: Friday, July 14, 2017
TIME: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226