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Ahead of FISA Vote, Trump Sows Confusion

Ahead of FISA Vote, Trump Sows Confusion

The House voted on a bipartisan basis to renew intelligence agencies' broad authority to monitor terrorist and foreign adversary communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA; the measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

The so-called 702 authority was put in place after the 9/11 attacks. The president has said that his campaign and Trump Tower was spied on by the Obama administration, calling the former president a "bad (or sick) guy!"

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.

"There are so many millions of Americans in the database", Sen.

It's the foreign intelligence surveillance act that was approved as a result of 9/11 created to help prevent terrorism. But the House voted Thursday to renew Section 702 for another six years in roughly its current form.

While live-tweeting Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, President Trump expressed alarm that the House of Representatives may approve a bill reauthorizing the the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - legislation that was used to surveil Trump campaign officials as part of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation. "And I will do everything I can to fight to make sure that it does not pass, unless we get our reforms attached to the bill".

An attempt to amend the bill to curtail the surveillance program failed 183-233.

Critics of the law say that US intelligence agencies can still go after foreign terrorists while protecting Americans' basic rights.

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The US House of Representatives has approved a law allowing US spy agencies to continue intercepting Americans' private communications.

One of his tweet suggested that the foreign intelligence program was used to collect information that might have been used to taint his campaign.

Codify the end of "about" collection, an invasive type of surveillance that was heavily criticized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for privacy violations.

The bill also would temporarily stop federal agents from collecting communications that mention a surveillance target - but aren't to or from that target - until the Intelligence Community presents Congress with new procedures for gathering information.

In a statement late Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration "strongly opposes" the privacy amendment and called for it to be rejected.

"A vote for this (Nunes) bill is a vote against the Fourth Amendment", said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' vice president of legislative affairs. Section 702 supporters say this would derail some of the important work being done.

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. The Nunes bill also contains a warrant requirement, but only in connection with an advanced or "predicated" criminal investigation that doesn't relate to national security.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that the House should hold off on voting until representatives had more clarity on Mr Trump's tweets.

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