House Renews FISA Amendments For 5 More Years

Law360, New York (September 12, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a five-year reauthorization of the controversial amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments that lets federal agencies intercept international communications without individual warrants.

After a heated debate on the House floor, legislators voted 301-118 to reauthorize the 2008 amendments for an additional five years, despite concerns over the constitutionality of the law that some legislators said could catch U.S. citizens in its surveillance net.

"The law is written so broadly that a phone call by a U.S....
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