An expiring warrantless wiretapping law, called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, will be renewed at the year's end, according to Wired. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) said he'd lift a procedural hold keeping the Senate from voting on the bill, which is essentially guaranteed to pass.
Wyden and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) have opposed the law's renewal over concerns it'd allow government agents to monitor the private communications of Americans without oversight or warrants. The bill, as it currently stands, allows for agents to warrantlessly monitor any communications so long as one party is believed to be outside the United States.
But Wyden told Wired that he'll lift his hold on the bill in exchange for voting on two amendments: one would force the government to account for how many times American communications have been intercepted and another would prohibit spy agencies from reviewing Americans communications caught in the program.
The bill, though, is going before the Supreme Court; the ACLU and various other organizations have challenged the Obama administration over concerns of being wiretapped.