The FISA provision in question is a key tool used by the US intelligence community to conduct foreign surveillance within the U.S.
The government must have a documented foreign intelligence goal for surveilling anyone using Section 702.
Provides a narrow and seemingly useless warrant requirement that applies only for searches in some later-stage criminal investigations, a circumstance which the FBI itself has said nearly never happens. Our bill makes clear that Americans need and deserve both security and protection of their privacy.
The House on Thursday passed a renewal of a key foreign surveillance program, even though President Donald Trump sent mixed signals by complaining it was used to "badly surveil and abuse" his campaign and then reverting to his support for it. The bill now goes to the Senate. In fact, on Wednesday evening, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement that "urges the House to... preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 plays in protecting American lives". If someone else wrote that Tweet-which very much appears to be the case-they're clearly making fun of the President for not doing his research on policy before issuing statements.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to "defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation", called the House's reauthorization "deeply disappointing", adding, "b$3 ecause of these votes, the surveillance will continue to operate in a dark corner, routinely violating the Fourth Amendment and other core constitutional protections".
Before voting the bill today, House representatives shot down an amendment that would have forced USA law enforcement officials to at least get a warrant when searching for data on United States citizens collected in this database.
That's the section of the law the House voted today to extend-it's set to expire next Friday, and the Trump administration has argued that renewing it is critical to national security. Trump first seemed to side more with civil liberties groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, House Democrats and others, such as Sen.
Supporters said it helps in the fight against terrorism. However, the program, which is to expire on January 19, also sweeps up Americans' communications. Section 702 can't be used to surveil American citizens. The Section 702 program was originally approved by Congress in 2008 to increase the government's ability to track and thwart foreign terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
As part of the negotiations with conservatives, Republican leaders allowed one amendment with the changes the bill's opponents wanted to get a vote - with the assumption it would fail but would at least give these members the chance to say they got something.