FISA Section 702

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has introduced the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 139, as amended) to renew Section 702 authorities for six years while making key reforms to the program to strengthen privacy protections for Americans. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorizes the Intelligence Community to target the communications of non-U.S. persons located outside the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. A key anti-terror tool that has helped to thwart numerous terror plots including the 2009 conspiracy to bomb the New York City subway, Section 702 operations are subject to multiple layers of oversight by all three branches of government. The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 was originally introduced as H.R. 4478 and was later advanced as S. 139 as amended.

S. 139 as amended

S. 139 Bill Text

S. 139 Highlights

S. 139 Section by Section

Dangers of the USA RIGHTS Act

H.R. 4478

H.R. 4478 Original Bill Text

HR 4478 Manager's Amendment

HR 4478 Manager's Amendment II

HR 4478 Section by Section

HR 4478 One-page summary

Section 702 Facts and Information

Section 702 Fact sheet

How Section 702 helped locate a top ISIL terrorist

Reasons to support Section 702 reauthorization

Section 702 Myth vs. Fact

Section 702 Myth vs. Fact II