The Trump administration backed the extension of a surveillance program created to spy on foreign citizens outside the US, but President Trump himself didn't sound so insane about it - suggesting in a tweet Thursday that the law allowed illegal surveillance of his presidential campaign.
The program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows USA spy agencies to collect information on foreign targets outside the United States.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the U.S. House will vote on whether or not to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and to potentially expand both NSA and civil law enforcement agencies' surveillance powers in the same bill. Trump later sent another tweet telling lawmakers to "get smart" and vote for the FISA bill.
The bill approved by the House allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation to continue scanning the database, using search terms, for information on Americans. Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him MORE (R-Mich.), imposing restrictions created to protect Americans who are swept up in government spying on foreigners overseas will also get a vote. In fact, on Wednesday evening, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement that "urges the House to... preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 plays in protecting American lives". But in the years after the law was passed, US intelligence agencies were found to be snooping on Americans' phone calls and in 2015, Sensenbrenner authored the USA Freedom Act that sharply curtailed the NSA's ability to collect phone meta-data on Americans.
But there's just one problem - the Trump administration actually staunchly supports the FISA bill.
Help close the backdoor search loophole, by requiring warrants for searches of Section 702-collected data that belongs to Americans.
Congress is likely to extend section 702 of the act, which allows government agencies to collect-without a warrant-the content of communications from foreigners, even if they are communicating with Americans.
The FBI and intelligence agencies say being able to query the database is essential to keeping America safe and the Trump administration had wanted the program to be reauthorized without change. "All of us lived through 9-11", she said.
By contrast, the USA RIGHTS amendment contains meaningful reforms to Section 702, which are imperative given our government's historical abuse of surveillance authorities, contemporary noncompliance with this authority, and the danger posed by potential future abuses. These searches violate the Constitution and undermine Americans' privacy. As I said, Amash's charge included bipartisan support. Sen. FISA is unconstitutional, and can potentially be abused by any president that wants to violate the privacy of an American citizen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have sponsored an amendment in the Senate similar to Amash's amendment. It would require investigators to get a warrant to look at Americans' information, but only after the government has started an investigation.
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.