Heinrich Statement On House FISA Reauthorization Vote

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2018

"This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" he wrote. Warrantless surveillance of a suspected terrorist in the US who's not an American citizen could go on for a year before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and related watchdog agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation were forced to obtain judicial authorization. Those communications could sometimes include American communications.

"In turn, Mr. Trump's live tweets set and reshape the show's focus".

FBI Director Christopher Wray says the law is a valuable tool for the U.S.in fighting terrorism.

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.

"Unfortunately, the House bill falls short in providing critical protections for Americans whose communications are routinely swept up by this powerful foreign intelligence tool". Although Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator Rand Paul have both promised to filibuster the bill in opposition, observers say it will nevertheless pass.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday evening that the Trump administration wants Congress to reauthorize a section of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act without amending the law to place new restrictions on information gathering.

The Republican majority proceeded with the vote after Democrats had called for a delay in light of Trump's criticism.

"No American should have their right to privacy taken away".

Paul, who blocked one of President Trump's Justice Department nominees last month over surveillance concerns, took to Twitter Thursday to announce his disgust with the House legislation. Before the final vote, lawmakers rejected a substitute proposal, 183-233, from libertarian-minded Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have added privacy protections and reauthorized FISA for four years.

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WELNA: In the end, that amendment failed, and the bill passed in a bipartisan vote of 256 to 164. "This program helped us get the information to stop him".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Trump spoke by phone between the president's two tweets, a senior Republican congressional aide told The New York Times.

Five-and-a-half years after Edward Snowden leaked details of the government's secret spying programs, the dust-up over Trump's tweet underscored the still-roiling debate over domestic surveillance, technology and Americans' views of their own privacy.

"No president should have this power", she said.

President Donald Trump appeared to muddy the House debate when he tweeted early Thursday that the "House votes on the controversial FISA ACT", and mused that the surveillance law could have been used by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.

Senate leaders should refuse to buckle under pressure from the Trump administration and intelligence committees, and instead vote to reform these government powers, which could too easily be deployed to spy on immigrant communities, minorities, government critics - and everyone else.

At issue was "Section 702" of FISA, which allows warrantless spying on non-US citizen terror suspects operating outside the United States. Section 702 of the FISA law was passed in 2008 after the Bush administration was shown to have allowed the then-illegal surveillance of telephone and online communications of USA citizens and residents in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Democrats mocked Trump for his criticism of the FISA law, and his repeated claims he was subjected to it.

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