A critical tool the intelligence community uses to gather information on foreigners expires in one month and Congress is set to reauthorize it, but the FBI’s past misuse of one of its most powerful assets has put lawmakers at odds ahead of the looming deadline.
Several congressional committees and a number of unexpected bipartisan alliances have crafted competing proposals that would renew the controversial tool, found under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
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“There have been far too many abuses over the last five years and before that, and so we must reform it and put in revisions. … I think the product that the Intelligence Committee on the House side has come up with has done exactly that,” Rep. Darin LaHood (R‑IL) said Tuesday evening at a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Section 702 allows the FBI …