A Backroom Deal Looms Over a High-Stakes US Surveillance Fight
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Despite bipartisan support for reforming Section 702, pro-privacy amendments have a history of dying in closed-door negotiations. Even half-measures to protect privacy have been eliminated. This latest round of pro-privacy bipartisanship surprised many in the national security establishment. However, challenges to continuing the program arose in 2023 when the smooth reauthorization of Section 702 became unlikely. Two factions emerged, one in favor of requiring warrants for accessing intercepted communications, and another that believes warrants are too burdensome for investigators.
Despite the uncommon bipartisan support for reforming Section 702, sources familiar with the negotiations say pro-privacy amendments have a history of dying in backroom deals.
Congressional sources were surprised by the effectiveness of this latest round of pro-privacy bipartisanship. However, challenges to continuing the program arose in 2023 and attempts to find common ground disintegrated, leaving two factions. One faction supports requiring warrants for accessing intercepted communications, while the other believes warrants are too burdensome for investigators.
The effectiveness of this latest round of pro-privacy bipartisanship came as a surprise to many in the national security establishment.
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