USA passes bill to renew surveillance power


"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?" the president said on Twitter.

The short answer is no. FISA Section 702 is not bulk collection, as stressed by the House Intelligence FAQ, and it can not be used to target Americans, nor anyone of any nationality who is within the United States.

The House passed a bill Thursday reauthorizing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) authority to conduct warrantless surveillance against foreign suspects outside of the U.S.

Trump also tweeted about several other topics covered during Thursday morning's episode of "Fox & Friends".

The bill "fails to meaningfully restrict the use of Section 702 to spy on Americans without a warrant", the American Civil Liberties Union said. He walked himself back two hours later, tweeting, "We need it!".

The Trump administration backed the extension of a surveillance program created to spy on foreign citizens outside the US, but President Trump himself didn't sound so insane about it - suggesting in a tweet Thursday that the law allowed illegal surveillance of his presidential campaign.

A retired Marine general who has insisted that Trump's tweets don't have the potential to derail the administration's agenda, he denied again on Thursday that the President's dispatches were harmful.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday that he meant to do "everything in my power, including filibuster", to impede the bill next week, although that is unlikely to block its passage.

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The US House of Representatives has passed a six-year extension to the controversial Section 702 spying program, rejecting an amendment that would have required the authorities to get a warrant before searching for information on US citizens. They were not issued based on probable cause of crime but issued based on the government's wish to invade the privacy of all Americans living in the Colonies to find the more rebellious among them.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo - one of Trump's most trusted advisers who regularly administers the presidential daily briefing - was in touch with the White House to discuss the tweet, people familiar with the situation said.

As House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor Thursday morning: "This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil".

The bill, backed by the Trump administration and all the USA intelligence agencies, would preserve the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the intelligence agencies' ability to search a surveillance database for information on Americans with minimal warrant requirements. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy quickly interceded after Trump answered in the affirmative when asked if he would agree to a clean bill, reiterating that Republicans will only agree to a legislative fix for Dreamers if Democrats concede funding for security measures like a border wall. Just in case Trump missed the point that Napolitano was connecting FISA to the Russian Federation investigation, Steve Doocy added - incorrectly - that the Steele dossier was used to get the FISA warrant that approved this surveillance. The administration has lobbied Congress to reauthorize the law, and it opposes any efforts to water it down to protect the privacy of American citizens.

That's despite his administration expressing support for renewing the program. 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 United States citizens and residents in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The U.S. intelligence services are enacting a mandate from President Donald Trump to establish guidelines on "unmasking" the identities of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports.

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