In Defense of FAA Section 702

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Chris Inglis and Jeff Kosseff argue that Congress should reject calls to repeal or amend Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. The National Security Agency has stated that Section 702 is its most significant tool for identifying terrorist threats. The program has been remarkably effective, both at protecting the privacy of U.S. persons and obtaining valuable intelligence from foreign sources. The statute already provides a well-regulated system for agencies to collect foreign intelligence from non-U.S. persons who are not located in the United States. The program is overseen by all three branches of government and has an unprecedented system of checks and balances.