House renews surveillance law after Trump posts differing tweets

House renews surveillance law after Trump posts differing tweets

Hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement expressing support for FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval, directly contradicting the official White House position.

The so-called 702 authority was put in place after the 9/11 attacks.

Napolitano was suspended by the network a year ago for claiming, without evidence, that British intelligence officials had helped former president Barack Obama spy on Trump.

But there's just one problem - the Trump administration actually staunchly supports the FISA bill. The Senate must also now vote to renew the powers before the programs can be extended further.

But since Edward Snowden's leaks in 2013 revealed the extent of warrantless digital monitoring, critics have argued that the spy agencies too frequently take advantage of a loophole in the law, sweeping up Americans' communications while monitoring people overseas, then holding on to the data in case it's ever useful.

However, today's vote comes with the hope from some civil liberties-minded congressmen that they will be able to establish new guardrails on the program, which is up for an extension for the first time since whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified information about the scope of the National Security Agency's surveillance.

Mr. Trump, who is known to watch Fox News while he is tweeting, posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to the president during a Thursday morning segment about the coming House vote. "This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phoney Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?"

"We need it! Get smart!" he demands.

Thursday's vote was 233-183 against the measure.

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He said that "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

The US House of Representatives has approved a law allowing US spy agencies to continue intercepting Americans' private communications.

USA intelligence agencies have pressed lawmakers to preserve the programs.

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials told Nadler aides last week that under the proposed bill, they anticipate rarely if ever needing permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to review query results, according to one of the aides. The USA RIGHTS Act would close the so-called "backdoor search loophole" and prohibit the collection of domestic communications and permanently end "about" collection.

A White House official said staffers had consulted with Trump after his initial tweets opposing the administration's stance.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the Nunes bill is so "deeply flawed" that it jeopardizes the renewal of the anti-terrorism law altogether. Though they would not have the force of law, Nunes has said he would still support renewing the program.

"The conversations we've been having. intensely for the last few days is 702". Ron Wyden, D-Ore., The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., would require the government to seek a warrant before querying the Section 702 database for information about Americans in criminal cases.



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