US House approves extension of NSA foreign surveillance program

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US House approves extension of NSA foreign surveillance program

Trump's first tweet about surveillance on Thursday mentioned a House vote on a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the FISA court to demand communications made by foreign persons not on us soil from USA companies like Google and AT&T.

Prior to Thursday's vote, confusion surrounded the official White House position on 702 after a tweet from President Trump contradicted an official statement released Wednesday evening opposing Amash's amendment.

The House on Thursday passed what is known as Section 702 of a program that allows spy agencies to collect information on foreign targets overseas.

The U.S. House on Thursday passed legislation reauthorizing a surveillance act after President Donald Trump first criticized the bill, and then backed it.

US House approves extension of NSA foreign surveillance program

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.

He was referring to an explosive and largely uncorroborated dossier that details claims about ties between Russian Federation and Mr. Trump and his aides.

The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the bill next week after it returns from a break, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday. "Unlike #S139, it limits the mass collection and broad use of Americans' data, and requires a warrant to search for it-as the #4thAmendment requires", Amash tweeted on Monday.

"This amendment would re-establish the walls between intelligence and law enforcement that our country knocked down following the attacks of 9/11 in order to increase information sharing and improve our national security", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement.

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The act's passage follows a year-long debate about the proper scope of United States electronic wiretapping after the 2013 leaks of surveillance secrets by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

In 1978, the court that began giving out those permission slips was consolidated into a single, purpose-made entity: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

"The House of Representatives has taken a big step to ensure the continuation of one of the Intelligence Community's most vital tools for tracking foreign terrorists".

On Thursday, the House voted to approve legislation that would extend the National Security Administration's warrantless spying authority. Sen. "We oppose any renewal of FISA that fails to close the "backdoor search loophole, ' which permits the continued searching of Americans' incidentally collected communications without a warrant based on probable cause".

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The House voted later in the day to renew the program.

But the president's mixed messages sent shock waves through House Republicans, who were gathered for a regular conference meeting when the first of the president's tweets came out. "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.

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