Sen. Wyden voices concerns over federal surveillance bill

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has voiced citizen safety concerns over the federal legislator’s passing of a new surveillance bill Friday.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act re-authorizes federal surveillance for the next two years. It gives the government access to internet and cell phone data without the need of a warrant in order to help find foreign threats to the country.

Senator Wyden, who is a member of the federal Intelligence Committee, says he is concerned with how the bill will be put into effect.

“What we have seen is increasingly because communications systems are integrated,” Sen. Wyden said. “We have a lot of law abiding Americans swept up in those searches and I wanted to make sure that there are additional protections to deal with the law abiding citizens of Oregon and the country.”

Sen. Wyden says he proposed an amendment for the bill aimed at reducing the invasiveness of this type of security surveillance. That amendment was not approved before the bill was passed.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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