NSA Reportedly Changing Section 702 Of The FISA Amendments Act To Search US Citizens’ Communications

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Today the Guardian reported that a change to section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) appears set to allow for the searching of communication information of United States citizens. Previously, section 702 was restricted to communications of foreign individuals who were located outside of the United States at the, to quote the Guardian, “point of collection.”

United States citizens were outside the scope of section 702 authorization. However, that appears now to be potentially changed.

An image published by the Guardian’s James Ball – it was leaked by Edward Snowden – states that a change has been enacted to section 702, that “the FAA 702 minimization procedures approved on 3 October 2011 now allow for use of certain United States person names and identifiers as query terms when reviewing collected FAA 702 data.”

In other words, the NSA now claims the authority to search databases for the communication data…

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