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Nancy Pelosi accused protest members of having ties to Russia and called for an FBI investigation, without providing any evidence. This misuse of power highlights the need for limitations on surveillance tools.
Nevertheless, she recently went on and, without citing any evidence, accused protesters advocating for a cease-fire in Gaza of having ties to Russia and called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to research the financing behind these protests.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is set to expire in April and should not be renewed without fundamental reform. Two California representatives have advocated for reform to protect Americans' privacy, requiring warrants before searching communications of American citizens.
Two other California representatives, Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) and Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego), have advocated reforming Section 702 to protect Americans' privacy. The Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act would require the government to present evidence of wrongdoing and obtain a warrant before searching the communications of Americans, such as those protesting for a cease-fire.