House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program; Senate Vote Next

House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program; Senate Vote Next

The choice made by the House is especially important because authorization for Section 702 expires on January 19. Trump's tweet also referenced his claim, since refuted by the Department of Justice, that the Obama Administration wiretapped his phone during the 2016 campaign.

"'House votes on controversial FISA ACT today, '" Trump wrote headline.

Today in Congress, privacy reform faced a significant setback as the House voted 256 to 164 to extend a controversial piece of legislation that provides for a warrantless surveillance program that at times targets American citizens.

"What this essentially means is every year, thousands of times you have the government search for the communications of Americans in [Section] 702 databases, and we think this is an end-run on the Constitution".

TRUMP, known to millions for his roles as "Waldo's Dad" in 'The Little Rascals' and as "VIP Patron" in '54' has publicly denounced the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which is under discussion in Congress today.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his weekly news conference, dismissed the notion that Trump didn't know the White House position.

On Thursday morning, the USA president tweeted that the programme had been used by the Obama administration to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign".

It was an apparent attempt to get back on the same page with his own administration, which backs the so-called 702 program up for renewal in a House vote Thursday. Section 702 permits the collection of information on Americans if they are communicating with foreign individuals who are under surveillance.

The White House issued a statement Wednesday evening signaling the president wants the House - then the Senate - to vote to keep the law on the books.

"This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land", he tweeted.

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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.

On Thursday, another bill written by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was passed in the House.

GOP lawmakers have also charged that a FISA warrant was approved for that surveillance based upon information in the "Trump Dossier", which was put together by an ex-British intelligence agent for the group Fusion GPS - which was paid in part by Democrats to dig up dirt on Candidate Donald Trump.

"The Bill of Rights requires that information be gathered under the 4th amendment with probable cause, and naming the person, naming the papers", Sen.

The tweet from the president had House Republican leadership reconsidering its options Thursday morning, at one point including the possibility of pulling the legislation altogether.

Without congressional action, legal support for Section 702 will expire next week, although intelligence officials say it could continue through April.

"A vote for this (Nunes) bill is a vote against the Fourth Amendment", said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' vice president of legislative affairs.

"It didn't help", said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said of Trump's first tweet.

Some Republicans have speculated that the Obama administration learned of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's calls with Russia's ambassador to the us through Section 702.

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