US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Denil Coates have asked Congress to pass a permanent law allowing electronic surveillance of citizens.
The text of the letter sent to Congress on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks was published on Monday on the Justice Department Web site. They are addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Republican leader Mitchell McConnell, Democratic House and Senate Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
In their letter, Sinnens and Kottes state that their amendments to the “Secret Secret Surveillance for Foreign Intelligence” Act will expire by the end of this year. Which is Section 702 of the amendments governing electronic monitoring and monitoring in force as of 2008.
Sessions and Cottes should not remind Congress that the Civil Rights Oversight and Compliance Commission publicly stated that the information gathered under this special section 702 provides important data for foreign intelligence, which is vital to protecting the country from international terrorism And other threats.
Accordingly, the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney-General, who is concurrently Minister of Justice, urge legislators to approve the relevant section of the law in a “clear and permanent form” and without any change, except for the lifting of provisional restrictions that may be imposed for suspension or prohibition Subject to monitoring and monitoring by a person for a particular reason.
Since its adoption, the law has been sharply criticized by human rights activists in the United States and politicians who believe that the country’s intelligence agencies have a lot of potential to access personal electronic data of ordinary American citizens, a blatant violation of their civil liberties.