US Senate blocks bid to limit surveillance on Americans’ internet habit

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US Senate blocks bid to limit surveillance on Americans’ internet habit

On Wednesday, the 13th of May 2020, the US Senate had narrowly averted an amendment bill which in effect could have barred law enforcement agencies from gathering intel on American nationals’ internet habit without issuing a warrant, as the Senate appears to be forging ahead to reauthorize some of the stiffer surveillance tools.

In point of fact, an amendment bill introduced by the Republican Senator Steve Daines alongside Democrat Ron Wyden aimed at curbing usage of the law enforcement agencies’ surveillance tool, had botched to make it through to the US senate having beaten by 59 to 37.

Apart from that, on Wednesday’s (May 13th) session, the US Senators had voted 77 to 19 to approve an amendment brought in by the Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy alongside a Republican Senator Mike Lee, which in effect would enable outside legal analysts to serve as independent analysts for the US Federal Courts to supervise the feasibility of surveillance-linked warrants.

Nonetheless, the US President Donald Trump had yet to make his position clear on both of the bills, but the US Senate has been set to vote on a third amendment bill as early as by Thursday (May 14th), which if approved would prevent FISA court or the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, of which Trump had been a hard critic since his 2016 presential victory, from approving surveillance on a US citizen.