From the latest news reports online, Russ Baker thinks that the privacy of many Americans is not in good position and this is evident whether they are staying in the United States or overseas.
Baker is the current editor-in-chief of the WhoWhatWhy.com.
Russ Baker and Scott Richard are part of the discussion about the issue of privacy in America. According to the reported news online, Baker think that the people of the United States are becoming concern about their privacy, this is regardless if they stay in the country or in overseas.
Richard is the former United States Intelligence officer who also believes that it is important for the Congress to act quickly with regards to the current Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
US President Trump and Tom Bossert already urged the Congress back in June to re-authorize the existing surveillance law that will be expiring before the end of 2017.
Bossert is the homeland security and counterterrorism adviser of Trump.
The discussion about FISA is becoming serious because it talks about the privacy of the Americans and in finding the exact ways to secure them. Like Us President Trump, Jeff Sessions and Dan Coats already asked the House of Representatives to look at the re-authorization of an important section of FISA before the expiration period.
The letter addressed to the congressmen states that Section 702 of FISA “allows the Intelligence Community, under a robust regime of oversight by all three branches of government, to collect vital information about international terrorists, cyber actors, individuals and entities engaged in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States,” as written by Sessions and Coats as quoted by the Washington Examiner.
“Reauthorizing this critical authority is the top legislative priority of the Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community. As publicly reported by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, information collected under one particular section of FAA, Section 702, produces significant foreign intelligence that is vital to protect the nation against international terrorism and other threats,” they continued.
The held briefings at the National Security Agency include the head of the White House who talked to Sessions and Coats regarding this matter. The Trump administration somehow reveals eagerness to push the Congress in reauthorizing the current surveillance act.
According from the report of CNN, those who attended the briefing took them less than 4 hours and transported to the NSA through the designated buses.
In line with this issue, some knowledgeable individuals criticized the request of Sessions as well as Coats might affect the civil rights of the people from their point of view.
Sessions is an Attorney General, while Coats is the Director of National Intelligence.
The concern about privacy in the United States manifested even during the previous administration. There had been reports about US citizens who were affected with the unknown surveillance of the NSA, which involved their personal information. During that time Devin Nunes accused the former US President Obama of “unmasking” the identities of the team members for Donald Trump.
Nunes chairs the House Intelligence Committee about the probe against Russia.
Going back to Russ Baker, he is somewhat worried about FISA because it appears that there are issues regarding abuses; rather than protecting the US citizens. During an interview with rt.com, Baker revealed that the 1978-estalbished surveillance act has shown unwanted changes such as the violation of the provision during the Bush administration wherein the government has no authority to capture alleged terrorists without a court order.
This is the reason why Baker thinks that the Congress needs to decide on it and make it a permanent law, if possible. This is a solution he sees in protecting the rights and privacy of the United States citizens.