The FISA Amendments Act:
– Allows the government to conduct mass, untargeted surveillance of all communications coming into and out of the United States, without any individualized review, and without any finding of wrongdoing.
– Trivializes our system of checks and balances by permitting the government to continue surveillance programs even if the surveillance application is denied by a court. The government can continue to wiretap throughout the appeals process and use whatever it has gathered in the meantime.
– Ensures the dismissal of all lawsuits against the telecommunications companies that facilitated the warrantless wiretapping programs over the past seven years. The bill only requires companies to prove that the government issued requests for information, not that they were legal.
– Does not guarantee access to reports from the Administration about warrantless wiretapping to Members of Congress who are not on Judiciary or Intelligence Committees.