What you need to know about the ‘war on terror’
A bill is being pushed through Congress that would dramatically expand the powers of the National Security Agency, according to a new analysis.
Senate Democrats are working on a bill that would provide the NSA with expanded authority to monitor Internet communications and other electronic communications, including those of foreign nations and people, according a Democratic aide.
The bill is a “watershed bill” in the House of Representatives, said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the intelligence committee.
The bill has the support of several other Senate Democrats.
“It’s important for Americans to know what the NSA is doing and what the safeguards are,” Wyden said in a statement on Tuesday.
The legislation has bipartisan support, according the aide.
Wyden introduced the measure in June after a report from The Intercept revealed the NSA collected Americans’ phone and Internet records and metadata without a warrant.
The NSA has not released any data from the surveillance.
The House bill, if passed, would extend existing authorities and would expand them to allow the agency to intercept and analyze Internet communications that were collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, according Wyden.
The measure also expands the authority of the director of national intelligence to conduct surveillance of foreign nationals, as well as individuals outside the United States.
The measure would also allow the NSA to conduct targeted collection of communications of foreign intelligence targets under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the aide said.
The intelligence committee will vote on the bill Wednesday, according CNN.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) has expressed support for the bill and said that it’s important to get more transparency about the scope of the NSA’s surveillance.
But Wyden has warned that the bill could “open the door to abuse” by the NSA.
Wyden is pushing for more transparency because of the leaks that have been published by The Intercept and The Washington Post about NSA surveillance.
In a series of articles published last week, the Washington Post reported that the NSA had collected information about the phone calls and emails of more than 50 million Americans and foreigners.
The Intercept reported that it obtained the NSA documents through a court order from a former NSA contractor.
The New York Times also reported last week that the agency had been collecting phone records for as long as two years.
The Times reported that NSA analysts had collected about 20 million phone calls in 2016, and that the records included the content of the calls and the time, location and duration of the conversations.
Widen said in the statement that the leaks have been “truly damaging.”
“We are seeing the full breadth of the government’s spying capabilities being revealed in this leaked documents,” Widen said.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating these programs and will hold hearings in a timely fashion to hold the NSA accountable for what they are doing.”