The statute entitles intelligence agencies to collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant, even when the individual in question was communicating with an American citizen.
Congress did, in 2015, vote to end and replace a program that Mr. Snowden exposed under which the N.S.A., under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, had been secretly collecting logs of Americans' domestic phone calls in bulk. The Senate still must vote. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen.
Meanwhile, another House bill based off last year's FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4478) will extend NSA's mass surveillance to six years, as well as allow the backdoor searches to continue.
Donald Trump contradicted himself when he tweeted about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) today, and Bret Baier says this could create a bit of a complication for the midday vote on the policy's reauthorization.
Almost two hours after his first tweet, Trump backtracked.
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.
President Donald Trump threw a scheduled congressional vote on a surveillance bill into chaos Thursday morning when he unexpectedly tweeted criticism of it, apparently in response to a Fox News segment.
"We need it!" he said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday night issued a statement asking lawmakers to vote against the legislation with the changes. "Unlike #S139, it limits the mass collection and broad use of Americans' data, and requires a warrant to search for it-as the #4thAmendment requires", Amash tweeted on Monday.
In March 2017, the president infamously tweeted that Obama, who he called a "bad (or sick)" individual, had his wires tapped at Trump Tower. But it's unclear whether the bill has enough support. And a key privacy hawk in Congress contends the president is more in line with him than the White House lets on. The program is used to collect electronic communications from American companies, but has repeatedly come under fire from privacy advocates for being invasive and without legal justification.
"We think that is unconstitutional, hugely problematic, and we're here to defend the rights of the American people", said Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.
"I can tell you, I've been on the intelligence committee for 17 years, the government has never said, never once said it needed 702 for typical crimes", Wyden said. "(S. 139) actually makes it easier for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access Americans' communications collected under Section 702 when they have no suspicion of wrongdoing than if they have probable cause, flipping the Fourth Amendment upside down".
The law also has been credited by intelligence officials with foiling terrorist plots to bomb the New York City subway system and the New York Stock Exchange. The provision in the 2008 legislation allowed the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to work together in targeting foreign citizens outside of the United States.
If they talked about the lack of chimpanzees on Broadway, Trump would tweet: "The LOSERS on Broadway do not listen to Americans, who have a right to see more chimpanzees on stage".
After the House approved the renewal, Paul vowed to fight it in the Senate.
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