The House Committee on the Judiciary will markup the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The Act authorizes government surveillance of international communications, including the private communications of United States citizens. Currently, the law provides little information to Congress or the public about these surveillance activities. EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg recently testified at an oversight hearing, and called on Congress to strengthen oversight procedures and increase transparency before the Act is renewed. In a recent report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senators Mark Udall and Ron Wyden also said that the FISA contains a loophole that allows the government "to circumvent traditional warrant protections and search for the communications of a potentially large number of American citizens." For more information, see EPIC: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and EPIC: Clapper v. Amnesty International.
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by Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin,