Rosen votes for FISA

NSA surveillance reauthorized

In a Jan. 11 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved reauthorization for the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.

There was a surprise in the vote for Nevadans—Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen voted for reauthorization, joining Republican Rep. Mark Amodei. Democratic Reps. Ruben Kihuen and Dina Titus, voted no.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was set to expire this month. Section 702 lets the NSA gather intelligence on foreigners overseas without warrants, but it is an indiscriminate process. The process also gathers huge amounts of data from innumerable U.S. residents, who are technically exempt from warrantless surveillance.

The Senate has also passed the reauthorization, but without a roll call vote, so it is not known how Nevada’s senators voted.