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Future of FISA: Exploring the Implications of Short-term Extension Attached to Defense Spending Bill

On Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that the chamber will opt for a temporary extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to meet the impending December 31 expiration date, after withdrawing competing bills aimed at reforming and extending the act.

Amidst the debate lies Section 702, a critical provision that allows the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on non-U.S. citizens abroad to gather foreign intelligence. Johnson acknowledged that there are still contentious issues surrounding certain key provisions, and expressed his cautious approach to avoid rushing the process. As part of the Defense spending bill, the Louisiana Republican revealed that the FISA extension will be included, ensuring continuity while discussions continue.

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