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Senior Official: Unlawful Collection Remedied

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

July 23, 2012

A senior U.S. intelligence official has acknowledged that U.S. agencies collecting communications under the FISA Amendments Act at times violated Americans’ right to privacy, The Washington Post reports. In a letter from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Director of Legislative Affairs Kathleen Turner said the office has remedied concerns by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that some collection carried out by the ODNI “was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.” The administration wants Congress to reauthorize the 2008 statute—to expire this year—that allows the government to collect Americans’ communications with foreign targets abroad. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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