House Passes FISA Reauthorization Despite Trump Tweet Criticizing The Program

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The amendment was defeated 183-233, with 125 Democrats voting for it and 55 Democrats against, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The bill passed with a 256-to-164 vote and still needs to go through the Senate floor, but political analysts say the bill will pass with flying colors. It now heads to the Senate. Rand Paul, a Republican, has threatened a filibuster.

Geltzer put it simply when asked if Section 702 targets USA citizens in any way: "Not only are they not allowed to be targets, but the statute explicitly bars back-door targeting". "This bill also provides new, rigorous measures to protect Americans' privacy and to ensure the program is used properly to target foreign terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other threats to Americans' safety and security". He was referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which lets spy agencies collect information on foreign targets overseas. After the House vote, Ryan insisted to reporters that Trump "knows what 702 is" and simply "has concerns on FISA".

Mr. Amash's proposal was defeated 233-183, with both GOP and Democratic leaders saying they feared it would leave the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies back in the dark, unable to learn critical information from intelligence agencies.

The tweet was posted shortly after Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said, "Mr. President, this is not the way to go".

Thursday's fight created very unusual coalitions.

Democratic and Republican leadership both lined up to support the bill and oppose the amendment.

In 1978, the court that began giving out those permission slips was consolidated into a single, purpose-made entity: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

The program became public in 2008 after the Edward Snowden revelations, and privacy and citizen rights groups have been trying to shut it down ever since, calling it a "backdoor to the Fourth Amendment" that allows United States authorities to sift through U.S. and non-US citizens' private conversations without a warrant. "For American citizens, it is your data that is subject here". "This program helped us get the information to stop him".

Some lawmakers said the data collection is small, but others said it was a "huge amount". The problem, according to privacy advocates and civil liberties groups, is that the emails, photos, texts and other electronic communications of USA citizens and legal US residents are also collected while our government is spying on foreigners.

The bill will extend the existing surveillance programs for foreigners for six years with minor changes. I want reauthorization with reform.

The House of Representatives voted to renew FISA on Thursday without the USA Rights amendment. Minutes later, Trump tweeted that the law may have been used, quote, "to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign by the previous administration and others".

It was a striking contradiction between Trump's dueling identities as a man, often guided by impulses, grievances and what he sees on television, and Trump the president, responsible for taking a broader view of government and security issues.

"We need it! Get smart!" said the tweet, which was threaded to follow on from Trump's earlier message ― something the president hasn't shown a consistent ability to do.

The president, after issuing some confusing and contradictory tweets about the law, supports the House action, according to the White House.

Then-FBI Director James Comey and his successor, Christopher Wray, along with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have pleaded with members of Congress not to get caught up in conflating terms and stories about surveillance. "This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil", he said.

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