The fact is that the FBI has many tools to get at bad actors that misuse encrypted messaging apps like Telegram. Legislatively or court‐mandated crypto “back doors” that place us all at risk should not be one of them.
The FBI Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance application process is a total debacle. Exactly how many Americans were wrongly targeted for FISA surveillance–and possibly prosecution–on the basis of bogus FISA applications?
National Review reported earlier this week that a coronavirus spending package allegedly moving through Congress would not, in fact, contain language reauthorizing a handful of soon‐to‐expire PATRIOT Act provisions that are part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It remains to be seen whether we’ll witness yet another act of legislative cowardice that keeps FISA and the American surveillance state alive.
Cato scholar Pat Eddington’s work with FOIA requests suggests that domestic surveillance abuses of groups on the basis of their constitutionally protected right to free speech and association is ongoing.
Within the “border zone,” which extends as much as 100 miles into the United States, are a series of Soviet‐style internal checkpoints run by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service.