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The government’s new surveillance programs have infiltrated most of the communications technologies we have come to rely on. They are largely enabled by two problematic laws passed by Congress under a national security premise: the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). While the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is supposed to oversee the government’s surveillance activities, it operates in near-total secrecy through one-sided procedures that heavily favor the government.
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