by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/12/20, 10:52 am
WASHINGTON—Federal law enforcement will keep its ability to conduct secret surveillance for national security purposes, but Congress will have more oversight of the process under a bill the House passed on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 278-136 to reauthorize and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court process. The bill enhances penalties for those who abuse FISA courts for political reasons. It also requires the attorney general to personally approve requests to monitor government officials.