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Senate Intel chief sees warrantless surveillance powers in must-pass legislation

Senate Intel chief sees warrantless surveillance powers in must-pass legislation | 28 Nov 2017 | A bill renewing a powerful surveillance authority will "likely" be rolled into must-pass legislation at the end of the year, rather than voted on as a stand-alone measure, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday. The North Carolina Republican, whose committee advanced the bill 12-3 in October, did not specify what the vehicle could be, though Congress must approve legislation by Dec. 8 to keep the government open...Known as Section 702 of a package of foreign intelligence amendments passed in 2008, it allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect the texts and emails of foreigners abroad without an individualized warrant -- even when the subjects communicate with Americans in the U.S. Federal investigators can then search those communications -- again without a warrant -- in what critics say is a violation of Americans' Fourth Amendment protections.