Tulsi Gabbard
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s newest piece of legislation seeks to end the collections of Americans’ emails.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat, this week took the floor of the House of Representatives to explain her latest legislation, which seeks to end the collection of Americans’ emails.

Citing the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment 702, Gabbard said the act has led to “massive government led exploitation of personal privacy through the collection of American citizen’s emails.”

According to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s website FISA Amendment 702 is described as:

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorizes the Intelligence Community to target the communications of non-U.S. persons located outside the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. A key anti-terror tool that has helped to thwart numerous terror plots including the 2009 conspiracy to bomb the New York City subway, Section 702 operations are subject to multiple layers of oversight by all three branches of government.

Her legislation has bipartisan support, co-signed by Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe. The two argue that 702 allows for the simultaneous collection of American data without a warrant, whilst collecting a targeted non-citizen.

Another Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, recently explained his own contentions of 702 like so:

The way it works is, the FISA court, through Section 702, wiretaps foreigners and then [NSA] listens to Americans. It is a backdoor search of Americans. And because they have so much data, they can tap — type Donald Trump into their vast resources of people they are tapping overseas, and they get all of his phone calls.

And so they did this to President Obama. They — 1,227 times eavesdrops on President Obama’s phone calls. Then they mask him. But here is the problem. And General Hayden said this the other day. He said even low-level employees can unmask the caller. That is probably what happened to Flynn.

They are not targeting Americans. They are targeting foreigners. But they are doing it purposefully to get to Americans.