09 Dec Trump Administration Could Allow Warrantless Surveillance Even After Section 702 Expiration
According to the New York Times, executive branch lawyers have determined that the government can continue to legally spy under the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) through late April, even without a new law.
Section 702 permits US authorities to include communications of American citizens when conducting surveillance on foreign targets. It is set to expire this December, and is likely to be renewed given the support it is getting in Congress.
Brian Hale, spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out to critics that the law is allowed to operate 12 months after it was rectified last April, thus trumping its scheduled expiration date.