The Ministry of justice and US intelligence asked Congress to make a perpetual law on electronic surveillance

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The Minister of justice, the U.S. attorney General Jeff sessions and the Director of national intelligence Daniel Coates asking Congress to make perpetual a law allowing to conduct electronic surveillance of citizens.

The corresponding letter sent to the 16 th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, published Monday on the website of the Ministry of justice. It is addressed to speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, the Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell and the democratic leadership in the house and Senate Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

In his address, sessions and Coates are reminded that appropriate amendments to the law «About secret surveillance for the purposes of foreign intelligence» will come to fruition at the end of this year. We are talking about the so-called section 702 of the amendments from 2008, which regulated electronic surveillance.

«As publicly reported by the Supervisory Committee, the privacy and (the observance of) of civil liberties, the information collected within that particular section 702, provides significant data for foreign intelligence that is vital to protecting the country from international terrorism and other threats,» say the authors of the letter.

In this regard, the Ministers urged lawmakers to approve the relevant section of the law in «clear and permanent form» without any changes, except cancellation time limit.

The law raises criticism of human rights defenders in the United States and some politicians, who believe that the country’s intelligence agencies have too much access to personal electronic data of ordinary Americans than infringe on their civil liberties.