House Reauthorizes FISA Despite Civil Liberties Concerns

12 January, 2018, 03:23 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The House on Thursday agreed to reauthorize a controversial spying bill after President Trump — whose administration supports it — blasted the measure on Twitter

On Thursday morning, President Trump published a confusing tweet that seemed to question his administration's position on the matter.

Technically, the program authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act doesn't allow the USA government to collect emails, texts and other data about Americans.

On Thursday, the House voted on two competing proposals: one by the House Intelligence Committee to largely extend existing law that is supported by intelligence agencies and one by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to curtail surveillance powers; that version is supported by civil liberties groups. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has vowed to filibuster the legislation passed by the House, but the Senate is ultimately expected to approve the bill.

Still, the whole of Congress rejected lawmakers' privacy-minded amendment on a 183-233 vote before adopting the renewal outright.

"He has concerns about the domestic FISA law", the speaker explained, not the 702 bill.

Congress votes today on whether to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a controversial piece of counterterrorism legislation passed in the wake of 9/11. Several ranking Democrats openly supported increasing the powers of a surveillance state, even under a president they loathe.

Backers of the Nunes-Schiff bill said it was a compromise measure between the current law and the demands of privacy advocates who said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should not begin any query of the surveillance database without obtaining a probable cause warrant. Abouts collection was halted earlier this year by agreement of the intelligence community and the secret court that oversees FISA law, after they said it was proving hard to narrowly tailor.

But this morning's tweets from Donald Trump could scramble the politics of the issue. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have sponsored an amendment in the Senate similar to Amash's amendment. "FISA is something the President should have known about long before he turned on Fox this morning.", Sen.


Senior Democrats urged cancellation of the vote following Mr Trump's post.

He later said "This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land". But less than two hours later, the president appeared to reverse himself, telling lawmakers to "Get smart!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Cali., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on the House floor during debate over the FISA bill that House GOP leaders should postpone consideration of the bill in light of Trump's tweets. 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 move follows unsubstantiated charges by President Donald Trump that his predecessor's administration spied on his campaign and improperly "unmasked" the identities of his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition.

He was referring to an explosive and largely uncorroborated dossier that details claims about ties between Russian Federation and Trump and his aides.

"We do not think that there was a conflict at all", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The government will use this bill to continue warrantless intrusions into Americans' private emails, text messages, and other communications.

The American Civil Liberties Union is not thrilled.

Tapper played a clip of Judge Andrew Napolitano imploring Trump not to support FISA, which the Fox News legal analyst described as the basis of the president's "woes".

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