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House renews surveillance law after Trump posts differing tweets

13 Enero 2018, 06:45 | Crisanna Felipe

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Photo President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote.

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 measure passed despite broad opposition from both Democratic and Republican privacy advocates, especially libertarian-leaning conservatives, who believe the law was misused during the Obama administration to spy on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent transition team.

Trump's top spokeswoman blamed Democrats for holding out on an immigration deal, signaled that overhauling entitlement programs is no longer a 2018 priority and contended a series of Trump tweets about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, minutes before the House was set to vote on reauthorizing the program, were just fine.

In one tweet, the president appeared critical of the law, saying it was used "to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign".

The FISA-created procedure, enacted in defiance of the Fourth Amendment - which makes no distinction between government evidence gathering and government intelligence gathering - permits a secret court in Washington to issue general warrants based on the government's need to gather intelligence about national security from foreigners among us.

"The president doesn't feel that we have to choose between protecting American citizens and protecting their civil liberties." she said.

Trump's original tweet enraged Democrats who have been working with moderate Republicans to reauthorize the legislation. "Now it is time for Leader McConnell to do what Speaker Ryan did, and allow Senators a chance to vote and offer amendments on the Section 702 reauthorization debate".

On Thursday, another bill written by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was passed in the House.

It was unclear whether Trump impulsively meant to try to derail the bill, which is supported by his administration and congressional allies. Congress had enacted the law in 2008 to legalize a form of a once-secret warrantless-surveillance program created after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Asked about the Russian Federation investigation, Sanders said Trump and the White House continued to cooperate with Robert Mueller, despite the president saying Wednesday that "I'll speak to attorneys" on possibly interviewing with the special counsel. This bill also provides new, rigorous measures to protect Americans' privacy and to ensure the program is used properly to target foreign terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other threats to Americans' safety and security. Section 702 can't be used to surveil American citizens.

However, leaked documents provided by former N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden showed that Section 702 had become the basis for a surveillance operation that far outweighed what was described on paper, per Lawfare.

ZOE LOFGREN: What this amendment says is if you are going to search for the information of an American that has been collected in that database and it's not terrorism but domestic criminal investigation, get a warrant. The Amash amendment would have required warrants in most cases involving Americans.



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