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Tell Congress to stop the expansion of Section 702. End Warrantless Spying on Americans!

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    Tell Congress to stop the expansion of Section 702. End Warrantless Spying on Americans!

    Petition to Congress:
    We urge you to vote ‘NO’ on the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) unless the backdoor and data broker loopholes are closed. Please also oppose including FISA in any upcoming must-pass legislation.

    The House Intelligence Committee, run by Republican Mike Turner, is playing dirty and trying to sabotage all efforts at reforming America’s system of mass surveillance.

    Both Turner and Democrat Jim Himes spread rumors about an imminent threat on the United States related to Russian nuclear weapons in order to spread fear amongst lawmakers — and convince Congress to expand Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).1

    The spying powers in Section 702 are abused by the government to surveil Americans (collecting, using, and sharing our personal data, including online communications) without a warrant — and votes are imminent that will decide whether Congress will rubber-stamp these spying powers or finally reform mass surveillance in America.

    Sign the petition: Urge lawmakers before they vote — no more warrantless spying on Americans!

    This is just the latest in a series of underhanded, secretive efforts to stop surveillance reforms. The House GOP has been trying to hold a secret session to try to expand spying powers behind closed doors.2

    Section 702 has been abused in ways that violate Americans’ fundamental civil liberties and civil rights. FBI agents have abused 702 to search through billions of warrantlessly acquired communications for conversations with Americans, including thousands of protestors, racial justice activists, journalists, donors to a Congressional campaign, and countless others.3

    Even though the Fourth Amendment protects our right to keep our information private, the government is collecting troves of our data without a warrant.

    The vote on 702 is imminent – join us and take action now.

    Add your name: Congress must reject the extension of dangerous, unlawful spying under Section 702.


    1. Wired, "Leak of Russian 'Threat' Part of a Bid to Kill US Surveillance Reform, Sources Say," February 16, 2024.
    2. Politico, “Johnson considers new vote on spy powers for next week,” February 7, 2024.
    3. LA Times, “Opinion: Before the feds surveil Americans for Gaza protests, rein in warrantless spying,” February 8, 2024.