US House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets…

US House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets…

The measure would give USA spy agencies a six-year extension of what they consider their key national security surveillance tool: their ability to collect from US internet companies the emails and other communications of foreign targets located outside the United States.

The FISA reauthorization vote passed the House Thursday afternoon - absent the privacy protecting amendment Trump appeared to endorse.

The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, to give it its full title, will now pass to the Senate, where Republican senator Rand Paul has threatened to filibuster in an attempt to stop it.

The House voted against an amendment to the bill that would have required warrants in some cases for intelligence agencies to read Americans' communications with "non-U.S. persons" who are under surveillance.

Trump cast doubt on his support for the legislation in a first tweet that suggested the law "may have been used ... to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign", and the next - 101 minutes later - made clear the President supported the legislation.

The House passed a bill Thursday reauthorizing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) authority to conduct warrantless surveillance against foreign suspects outside of the U.S.

That followed a "Fox & Friends" segment speculating about whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation used information in the dossier as a pretext to spy on Trump's presidential campaign.

The second missive stated, "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

That final exclamatory phrase-"Get Smart!"-is an incredible bit of language, in that it serves simultaneously as an admonition and a self-own".

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The reversals continued Thursday when Trump contradicted the official White House position regarding the reauthorization of an element of the FISA law that entitles intelligence agencies to collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant. Then Trump weighed in with a pair of tweets that upended things even more.

The Senate voted 69 to 26 Thursday afternoon to begin debate on the bill.

"You are saying that the president's tweet this morning was in your view not at all confusing and not at all contradictory?"

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California and top panel Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California, both supported the bill, a product in part of bipartisan work that took place amid their divisive battles in the committee's Russian Federation probe.

As Trump's morning tweet sent shockwaves through Washington, the president once again took to Twitter, this time to voice support for the 702 authority.

"National security does not trump our inalienable rights as a people, especially when the government want to "collect it all to know it all" and bypass the rule of law for secret executive rules to keep us safe from ourselves using legislative acts to make it all legal", he wrote.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday night issued a statement asking lawmakers to vote against the legislation with the changes.

"This is Title 7, Section 702".

Backers of the bill say it is a critical foreign intelligence tool that helps catch terrorists. They were not issued based on probable cause of crime but issued based on the government's wish to invade the privacy of all Americans living in the colonies to find the more rebellious among them.

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