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Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

The provisions of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act carried the chamber by a vote of 256 to 164.

The bill's passage follows a monthlong push by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to reauthorize Section 702 with as few reforms as possible.

Before Trump's tweets, it was the opposition of privacy advocates that presented the chief obstacle to renewing Section 702.

The six-year renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program, letting spy agencies conduct surveillance on foreign targets overseas, passed the House 256-164.

So what's wrong with that?

Section 702 allows the NSA to eavesdrop on vast amounts of digital communications from foreigners living outside the United States through US companies such as Facebook Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google.

Section 702 allows the NSA to collect electronic communications without a warrant from non-US citizens located outside the US. It pretends that the standard is probable cause of foreign agency, but this has now morphed into the issuance of general warrants whenever the government wants them. When a "U.S. person" is mentioned in official intelligence reporting, the normal practice is for the name - whether of a person, a company, a ship or an airplane - to be redacted. "This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil", he said. The problem, critics say, is not simply that the information is collected but what is done with it after it is gathered.

"Seventy percent of Democrats voted to protect Americans against giving President Trump the ability to spy on all of us without first obtaining a warrant, as the Constitution requires", Schuman told The Intercept by email. For example, it could be used to find evidence that an American citizen isn't paying his or her taxes or has committed a minor drug offense, according to the ACLU and other civil liberties groups. For example, the program allows the government to obtain the emails or phone calls, without a warrant, of a non-American ISIS member who is outside the United States and might be plotting an attack.

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What did Congress do Thursday?

The practice of the USA government listening to Americans without a warrant remains controversial. It requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process. Court records confirm that not all 702 targets are terrorism suspects.

The White House pushed back on WaPo's reporting, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation that there is no disconnect between Trump and Cohn's respective visions regarding infrastructure, and insisted that any suggestion to the contrary emerges from a simplistic understanding of the policy area.

In a later tweet, Trump appeared to soften his position, saying the vote concerned "foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land". In a tweet, the president quoted verbatim the Fox headline from Napolitano's appearance and suggested that the FISA law had been used to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign". The House is voting Thursday on possible changes, and the Senate must also act.

Efforts by Democrats and some conservative and libertarian Republicans to ensure that the agencies be required to get specific warrants for exploiting U.S. citizens' data acquired through so-called "incidental collection" failed to gain support.

Although controversial, officials from Democratic and Republican administrations have argued the eavesdropping tool is vital to counterterrorism and counterespionage efforts and has saved lives - an argument echoed by Trump's own White House.

Trump and his supporters say investigators have used false information in the dossier as part of their probe, a claim the president echoed in an earlier tweet.