This afternoon the US Senate followed the House by approving a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) re-authorization without any reforms to safeguard the people’s Fourth Amendment rights that protect unreasonable searches and seizures. The vote was 65-34.
One report noted:
The specific statute allows federal intelligence agencies to collect data on foreigners suspected of crimes. The broad powers interpreted in the law and the inherent nature of surveillance, however, often cause the electronic communications of law-abiding Americans to be scooped up as well.
These communications can be obtained without a warrant!
A group of conservatives, led by Rand Paul and Mike Lee, attempted to add some reforms to the bill to safeguard the electronic communications of American citizens but ultimately failed, while other “conservatives” like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio supported it.
Both Mississippi’s US Senators, Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, also voted for the bill and against protections for the American people.
It is worth noting that it was the FISA court that authorized the surveillance of the Trump campaign in the fall of 2016.