Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( Fisa ) Essay

1150 Words Nov 18th, 2016 5 Pages
government had been using dragnet surveillance to surveil most calls, texts, emails, and video chats that occurred within the U.S., what is interesting is that more citizens from the United States were being surveilled than citizens from Russia. While there is less population in Russia it is still interesting to see that more of the United States’ citizens were being spied on. There was only slightly more spying occurred in china than the US. In a 30 day period 97 billion internet records were collected, and 124 billion telephone company records were collected from their worldwide surveillance systems. There are 300 million American Citizens recorded in those numbers as well, it was not released how much of the combined 221 billion records picked up were from American Citizens (Boundless Informant Picture). The fourth amendment requires that the government must get a warrant for any search and seizure it does not limit itself to physical property so this should include all virtual content as well. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is essentially the start of mass surveillance in the US. Under FISA exists a secret court, one that was previously not known to the public, one that does not need to make its rulings public it is a secret court. The FISA court does hand out warrants to the government to spy without going to congress, there is a period of up to 14 days where surveillance can go on without there being a warrant given to the government and this is…

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