House Votes to Reauthorize FISA, Trump Causes Twitter Storm

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

At the same time, the House will consider an amendment that suggests banning the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other special services from reading U.S. nationals' messages, which may find themselves in extensive intelligence databases "incidentally" collected across the world.

Ryan and the spy service leaders implored the president not to undermine efforts to reauthorize the surveillance program known as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which was up for a vote in the House later in the day.

The FISA provision in question is a key tool used by the USA intelligence community to conduct foreign surveillance within the U.S.

"We all want the intelligence community to be able to do its job". The original FISA Act passed in 1978.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and officials have insisted 702 does not run afoul of it, despite skepticism from rights advocates.

Isn't it impossible for US intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners without scooping up some American data in the process?

This is irresponsible, untrue, and frankly it endangers our national security.

"We can not risk 702 collection ending". Paul said he could only support it if it includes his amendment.

But before that he sent out a tweet suggesting that the program was used to collect information that might have been used to taint his campaign.

The CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. "Today, their concern rings more hollow".

The Senate is expected to take up 702 reauthorization legislation next week. "We can not allow that".

Legislators on both sides of the aisle have called for changes to limit how that incidentally collected data about Americans could be used without a warrant.

Republican senator Rand Paul, an outspoken libertarian, said he meant to do "everything in my power, including filibuster" to prevent the passage of the bill.

To back him and other members of Congress that plan to reject the S. 139 bill and support strong surveillance reforms, the EFF is encouraging everyone again to call their senators before the Tuesday vote and tell them to vote against S. 139.

The White House sees it very differently, terrorism and national security, as it has in defending what its critics see as heavy-handed immigration policies.

"This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land", Trump said in his second morning tweet on the matter. "We need it! Get smart!" he tweeted. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted after Trump's post.

The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the bill next week after it returns from a break, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.

Trump's position Thursday morning seemed to be in opposition to the Trump administration's position, potentially putting the reauthorization vote in doubt.

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