How Rand Paul plans to overhaul FISA surveillance program

How Rand Paul plans to overhaul FISA surveillance program

How Rand Paul plans to overhaul FISA surveillance program

The tweet came just hours before the House was preparing a much-anticipated vote on a six-year extension of Section 702 of the FISA program, which allows us intelligence agencies to monitor foreign communications.

"He's aware of it", said Ryan. After those disclosures, the government declassified information about the programs and began publishing annual transparency reports about the use of the surveillance tools.

The tweet threw into doubt the carefully negotiated bipartisan legislation to extend Section 702 of the FISA law, which allows intelligence agencies to sweep up broad amounts of online communications in search of terrorism leads - critics say it amounts to nothing more than a warrantless search.

"In light of the irresponsible and inherently contradictory messages coming out of the White House today, I would recommend that we withdraw consideration of the bill", said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, in a House floor speech.

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"It's a good compromise that addresses the concern that Section 702 not be used for a fishing expedition involving US persons, and at the same time preserves the vitality of 702 as a very important national security tool", said Rep. Adam Schiff, Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which produced the bill. "He knows that and he, I think, put out something that clarifies that".

The House is set for a late-morning vote on what is colloquially known as FISA, a law that sets guidance for federal security agencies' electronic surveillance of individuals suspected of conducting espionage or terrorism against the USA government on behalf of a foreign entity. "By failing to close the backdoor search loophole in this bill, which exposes millions of innocent Americans to warrantless government surveillance, members of Congress have ceded incredible domestic spying powers to the executive branch", the organization said in a statement.

Details of those programs became public in 2013 when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed them to journalists, who published stories in the Guardian and The Washington Post.

"This program allows spying on foreigners in foreign lands with a less than constitutional standard, or really with no constitutional standard", Paul said.

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The House passed the bill to reauthorize FISA with an important tweak. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation objects to this requirement, saying the data was lawfully collected and a warrant requirement would slow their agents down. According to USA Today, the vote was 256-164.

An attempt to amend the bill to curtail the surveillance program failed 183-233. Proponents of renewal privately expressed frustration with the president, both his lack of discipline and his obvious ignorance of his own alleged policy preferences. "And she was for other types of energy that don't have the same capacities at this moment, certainly", he said in the White House East Room. In Congress, a fight this week over the Trump dossier, referenced in the president's tweet, exploded when Sen.

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Trump's tweet came soon after a Fox and Friends segment that highlighted the FISA programme, calling it "controversial".

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