Confusion doesn't keep FISA issue from passage

Confusion doesn't keep FISA issue from passage

Confusion doesn't keep FISA issue from passage

The program, part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows USA spy agencies, including the National Security Agency, to collect texts and emails of foreigners overseas without authorization, even when they are communicating with Americans.

The measure, which passed 256-164, reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was set to expire later this month. The bill now moves to the Senate, where Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has said he may attempt a filibuster unless the spy authority is weakened.

After the excesses of the Watergate era, during which the Nixon administration used the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA unlawfully to spy without warrants on the president's real and imagined domestic political opponents, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

At 9:14 a.m. ET on Thursday, Trump tweeted, "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

"We need it!" Trump concluded in his second Twitter message. Then Trump weighed in with a pair of tweets that upended things even more. Section 702, Snowden revealed, formed the legal basis of extensive global monitoring that opened up almost every communication across American borders to monitoring of metadata - information about the message itself, like timestamps, sender and recipient - as well as message content.

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Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to legalize a warrantless surveillance program that was created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to The New York Times.

Republicans have alleged that Obama administration officials improperly shared the identities of Trump presidential transition team members mentioned in intelligence reports.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California and top panel Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California, both supported the bill, a product in part of bipartisan work that took place amid their divisive battles in the committee's Russian Federation probe.

House lawmakers approved a measure reauthorizing the NSA's broad surveillance authority despite last-minute confusion after President Trump's contradictory tweets for and against the program.

"We weren't confused, but some of you were", press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to "defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation", called the House's reauthorization "deeply disappointing", adding, "b$3 ecause of these votes, the surveillance will continue to operate in a dark corner, routinely violating the Fourth Amendment and other core constitutional protections".

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) was optimistic about passage of his amendment as the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 headed to the House floor for debate. Still, the episode served as a chilling reminder that the commander-in-chief is distressingly ignorant when it comes to matters of USA national security.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Trump spoke by phone between the president's two tweets, a senior Republican congressional aide told The New York Times.

Members of both parties support FISA reform, which is why I voted for the USA Rights Act, which would have made meaningful modifications to protect Americans' constitutional rights.

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Trump's administration has pushed for the FISA programme to be reauthorised, with FBI Director Christopher Wray calling it a valuable tool to fight terrorism. The Senate will now consider it. Section 702 is of particular importance as it gives our national security community and warfighters irreplaceable intelligence in waging the war on terror.

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