A recent report said that the NSA searched through Americans’ messages that mentioned foreigners under surveillance, not just communications with the targeted individuals.
Blumenthal has introduced two bills to reform the FISA court. The FISA Court Reform Act would create a “special advocate” with the power to argue in the FISA court on behalf of citizens' rights to privacy. The FISA Judge Selection Reform Act would change how judges are appointed to the FISA court to ensure diversity on the court.
“The FISA courts as they exist today — secretive, one-sided, not reflective of the diversity of views held by the American people — simply do not inspire the necessary confidence,” Blumenthal said. “These latest revelations make these reforms all the more pressing.”