Reuters: “The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.”
“The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, is expected to be made public as early as next month, the letter said.
Its disclosure would come as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the so-called surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that was added to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008.”
Government is trying to tell us Comey threw the election for Hillary even though he had nothing to do with her server… Who knows what their numbers will be.
The idea behind the program was to collect massive metadata, regardless of relevance, from the perspective that in the future there might be something in there that’s useful. In May of 2015 the Second Circuit ruled against the NSA program saying it “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized.” It was not part of the Patriot Act.
Section 702 expires December 31, 2017 without extension approval from Congress.