The government can read your texts

Who says Congress can never agree on anything? Bipartisan votes in the House and Senate have extended a surveillance law that allows the government to spy on Americans.

Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act is meant to gather information about foreigners, but a loophole allows Americans to be swept up in the collection process. Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel at the ACLU, joined “Salon Now” to talk about why this policy is unconstitutional and threatens historically persecuted communities like political activists, minority communities and government critics.

To hear more about how the FBI searches through the data collected for reasons that have nothing to do with national security, watch the video above. Tune into SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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