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House OKs foreign surveillance program

Thomas Massie Justin Amash Rand Paul Bill Clark CQ Roll Call Newscom
Andrew Cummings | 12 January, 2018, 03:23

The House of Representatives has reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for six years.

An attempt to amend the bill to curtail the surveillance program failed 183-233.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats calls this foreign intelligence the "holy grail" that provides insight into the thinking and actions of USA adversaries. And in Trump's world, things like this are pretty simple: If FISA warrants were used in a way that he perceives as being against him, they are bad.

This week Congress is getting ready to vote to reauthorize FISA 702.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a Twitter post that the president's tweet was "irresponsible". Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden immediately vowed to filibuster the measure, but it was unclear whether they could persuade enough colleagues to force changes.

Before the vote, President Donald Trump sent conflicting tweets on his support for the bill - suggesting it may have resulted in spying at Trump Tower during the 2016 election - though he ultimately backed its renewal.

President Donald Trump's sunrise tweet casting aspersions on the domestic surveillance program his own intelligence officials have called essential set off a thunderclap of concern in Washington - and underscored the pitfalls of the President's morning television tweet-alongs. Or Trump Tower digital chatter might have shown up while authorities dug through the vast quantities of data hoovered up via more sweeping foreign surveillance programs.

"We have a real opportunity to get this passed in the House tomorrow", said Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who's leading the coalition of liberals and conservatives.

The White House on Wednesday had issued a statement opposing an amendment seeking to blunt some of the program's powers and shield communications of Americans who may get caught up in efforts to pick up foreign electronic communications.

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Another major loophole of Section 702 of FISA is that the government collects broad information "about" a target.

Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees - the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee - have had the opportunity to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department.

But Laperruque said it is possible that some Trump campaign staffers like foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos had their communications intercepted when they communicated with foreigners who were already under surveillance by the NSA. Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Trump spoke by phone between the president's two tweets, according to a senior Republican congressional aide. "The Constitution really isn't guaranteed to everyone around the world, it's guaranteed to us here", he said.

"And in many ways it expands the federal government's ability to spy on Americans".

"This amendment, plain and simple, would disable 702, our most important national security tool", he said.

The Prism program collects communications from internet services directly. The government will use this bill to continue warrantless intrusions into Americans' private emails, text messages, and other communications.

"We don't think there was a conflict at all".

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers spoke on January 10 about providing more protections for American citizens in bills to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"Section 702 is a critical tool that the intelligence community uses properly to target a non-U.S. person outside of the united states that is vital to USA security", Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania-8) said. The law must be changed to account for this, and future presidents. Originally enacted in 1978, the act outlines the lawful procedure for collecting foreign intelligence. FISA is unconstitutional, and can potentially be abused by any president that wants to violate the privacy of an American citizen.

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