House rejects limits on surveillance program after confusion from Trump tweets

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16 January, 2018

"We understand there are threats overseas, foreign targets, people we have to be concerned about to protect the safety of the American people - but what we are against is, without a warrant, having the communications of law-abiding Americans swept up in that process", he said.

The House of Representatives on Thursday will vote on whether to extend a controversial program of warrantless spying on internet and phone networks put in place by the National Security Agency that dates back to the September 11 attacks.

At 7:33 a.m. ET on Thursday, he wrote, "House votes on controversial FISA ACT today".

That final exclamatory phrase-"Get Smart!"-is an incredible bit of language, in that it serves simultaneously as an admonition and a self-own". "The government obtains this data without a warrant and in massive amounts, based on a promise that it is not trying to access Americans' communications". Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) was not adopted. But she added, "The president doesn't believe Americans' rights or liberties should be abused, but he certainly believes Americans should be protected".

WELNA: Section 702 has allowed federal spy agencies to collect data on foreigners outside the USA without a warrant, but the data of Americans in touch with those targets or simply mentioned in their communications has also been swept up.

Critics contend that the extension will be used by government agencies to spy on Americans without warrants.

Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate have been counting on enough moderate Democrats and Republicans to stick together to extend the legal basis for the surveillance program with only minimal changes.

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In 2008, Congress passed a number of changes to FISA, including a provision known as Section 702, which allows warrantless monitoring of phone and internet use by non-Americans outside the United States.

The tweets came hours before the House was set to vote on a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and an amendment that would have reined in some of the government's surveillance powers.

Trump's first tweet on the topic Thursday appeared to encourage lawmakers to support limiting the law.

Reauthorization is supported by most Republicans and Democrats in the lower chamber. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

As Baier discussed the difference in Trump's tweets with Sandra Smith, he noted that he also noted that the president's statement contained several inaccuracies about the program.

The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will likely face some debate.


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