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The Michael Flynn Fiasco Will Undermine Section 702 Surveillance Renewal

In a previous blog, I pointed out that the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is by no means certain. Section 702 provides authority for the US government to target foreign individuals to obtain intelligence to defend American security. Specifically, Section 702 allows the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to direct warrantless surveillance of non-US persons “reasonably believed to be outside US borders.” Conversely, it forbids collecting information from targets inside the US.