Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

White House Aims for Unlimited Spying Powers Abroad, Citing 9/11

Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma listen at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump adm Congress May Vote This Week to Expand Surveillance Under Section 702 of FISA
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 03:25

He suggested that a vote on the bill should be delayed, but it went forward. "Today has to do with foreign terrorists on foreign soil". The bill does not meaningfully reform the government's practice of performing backdoor searches and would allow warrantless searches for USA citizen information for broad foreign intelligence purposes, which could include information about foreign affairs that are unrelated to national security.

The programme allows United States intelligence agencies to peruse the data of Americans if they communicate with a foreign surveillance target living overseas.

The program is set to expire on January 19 unless Congress acts.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a Twitter post that the president's tweet was "irresponsible". Rand Paul announced he will filibuster because of a lack of protections for citizens.

As noted by Matthew Gertz of Media Matters, Trump's Thursday morning tweet appeared to be inspired by a Fox & Friends segment featuring Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who urged Trump not to support FISA reauthorization. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The portion of law - known as the FISA Amendments Act - particularly allows the US intelligence community to collect emails, texts and other communications data about foreigners who are overseas.

After a few confusing tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed the House to renew a critical national security program that allows spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets overseas. "We need it! Get smart!" he wrote.

The reauthorization is potentially a politically fraught issue on Capitol Hill, and the House is expected to vote on the bill later Thursday.

"It's well known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law".

"President Trump throwing a proverbial wrench into a debate over a controversial national security bill this morning and illustrating better than any bestseller ever could one of the biggest challenges for this presidency: his own impulse control, which may sometimes seem reckless", Tapper began. "The Constitution really isn't guaranteed to everyone around the world, it's guaranteed to us here", he said. The federal government is legally prohibited from using the broad surveillance powers of Section 702 to target Americans.

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After the House approved the renewal, Paul vowed to fight it in the Senate. Paul said he could only support it if it includes his amendment.

The Prism program collects communications from internet services directly.

Privacy hawks have sought for years to limit that sort of "incidental" collection, while making it harder for the USA government to tap that data as part of their investigations.

"We think that is unconstitutional, hugely problematic, and we're here to defend the rights of the American people", said Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

Intelligence officials have appealed to lawmakers to renew the existing 702 program, which they say has been crucial in stopping terrorist plots against the U.S.

The Wisconsin Republican is also the author of the Patriot Act that was passed in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and gave US intelligence agencies vast powers in an attempt to stop further attacks. The law must be changed to account for this, and future presidents.

Current law allows US spy agencies to conduct electronic surveillance on foreign persons located outside the United States. 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. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the Nunes bill is so "deeply flawed" that it jeopardizes the renewal of the anti-terrorism law altogether.

The Amash-backed language would require investigators to obtain a warrant in order to search the 702 database for Americans' information in criminal cases.

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