House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program

In the four years since Snowden blew the lid off U.S. surveillance overseas the number of targets the U.S. is monitoring around the globe has steadily increased. (Den

In the four years since Snowden blew the lid off U.S. surveillance overseas the number of targets the U.S. is monitoring around the globe has steadily increased. (Den

On Thursday morning, the U.S. president tweeted that the programme had been used by the Obama administration to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign".

Although controversial, officials from Democratic and Republican administrations have argued the eavesdropping tool is vital to counterterrorism and counterespionage efforts and has saved lives - an argument echoed by Trump's own White House.

The law gives USA intelligence agencies the power to spy on the electronic communications and phone calls of foreigners residing outside the United States to try to gather information about any terrorist plots or activities. Those communications could sometimes include American communications.

Well, the president created quite a bit of confusion over his position with some contradictory tweets on Thursday morning. It's at this initial stage - where leads are sifted and prioritized - when foreign intelligence can be queried to help connect dots and spot possible national security threats, he said. "Men aren't angels. We need to make sure somebody is watching and there are checks and balances".

It allows the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation, in their surveillance on foreign targets outside of the country for national security purposes, to also collect and hold communications by U.S. citizens, so-called incidental collection.

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Where does President Trump stand? Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) both coming out against any long-term extension, and Sen.

Trump seemed to stray from official administration orthodoxy on three prominent issues of the day: the legislative fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the reauthorization of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the viability of funding a nationwide infrastructure overhaul through public-private partnerships. Notably, 45 Republicans voted against it.

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This year, a bipartisan coalition of legislators led by Republican Representative Justin Amash is seeking to rein in the authorities given to intelligence agencies through the "USA Rights" amendment, which press secretary Sanders opposed in her statement, calling on "the House to reject this amendment".

According to sources, House Speaker Paul Ryan phoned President Donald Trump to discuss the NSA program, and the president issued a supportive tweet shortly afterwards..

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"The president's pingpong on attitudes toward the FISA renewal suggests to me that he doesn't fully understand the issue, which is complicated even for experts to understand", said John McLaughlin, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The program's renewal was also repeatedly tweeted about by Edward Snowden - who helped expose the extent to which the security services were using the law to carry out mass surveillance of Americans - and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake also put out a statement warning that the bill "actually gives criminal suspects more Fourth Amendment protections than innocent people". "The F means foreign", said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the original Patriot Act, who backed the Amash alternative.

"This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land", Trump said in a tweet yesterday.

How do I know if my emails or texts have been collected or searched under this law?

Geltzer said, "The short answer is no", and explained that unmasking occurs when intelligence analysts are looking at intelligence reporting from any number of foreign intelligence collection sources, including Section 702, and they see a United States person whose name has been redacted and the standard is met to reveal the name.

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