Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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

The National Security Agency in Fort Meade Maryland The National Security Agency in Fort Meade Maryland
Theresa Hayes | 12 January, 2018, 00:37

The House is still scheduled to vote later on a bill that would reauthorize the program, set to expire January 19.

FISA is basically the wiretapping law introduced in the wake of Watergate that allows electronic surveillance (and that means you, computer user) if you are a foreign power suspected of doing things that might hurt America, Americans or American interests.

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

"Section 702 is a critical tool that the intelligence community uses properly to target non-U.S. person outside of the United States that is vital to USA security", he said.

The intelligence community, whose input helped shape the measure, is generally supportive. The national intelligence director announced the specifics of those changes Thursday as the House was voting.

It was legally authorised in 2008 by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. "What Section 702 was designed and meant to do was to knock down those walls", Pompeo said at an event hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to renew United States spy powers first revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

The measure would have required the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a probable cause warrant to continue even querying the database of intelligence collected on foreign targets overseas.

However, Nadler aides and the American Civil Liberties Union, citing FBI guidelines, said the bureau routinely searches its databases, including the 702 data set, in all types of cases. Nunes' bill restricts the data collected under Section 702 that involves USA citizens and would temporarily stop federal agents from collecting emails or texts that mention a suspect but aren't directly to or from a target.

"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", Sanders said. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appeared on Fox News where he said he spoke with the president about his own concerns surrounding FISA, and said the president indicated he would back reforms put forward by Amash and Paul himself. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and 41 other House members - is also more protective of privacy when it comes to the collection of messages from Americans that are neither to or from a foreign target but merely mention a foreigner's email address or other "identifier".

The Intelligence Committee bill, which was written by Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., also would ban a subset of Section 702 surveillance that the NSA recently ended voluntarily after the intelligence court raised concerns. The new bill would allow a restart but only after Congress was given a 30-day heads-up.

"A vote for this (Nunes) bill is a vote against the Fourth Amendment", said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' vice president of legislative affairs.

Amash's proposal - which is cosponsored by Rep.

"We need it! Get smart!" he demands.

President Donald Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to question the future of his government's premier domestic surveillance tool ahead of a key vote, only to make a spectacular U-turn an hour later.

"I understand what the House is likely to do would probably be fine in the Senate", said Sen.

"It didn't help", said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said of Trump's first tweet.