President Trump clarifies position on FISA after tweet expressing surveillance concerns


Lieu's amendment to the law would have restored privacy protections that Americans are entitled to enjoy.

The House of Representatives has reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for six years. The bill passed 256-164 and is now headed to the Senate. But a contingent of senators led by North Carolina Republican Richard M. Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the panel's top Democrat, Virginia Sen.

But it also spoke to a more recent phenomenon: Trump's habit of tweeting whatever seems to come across his flat-screen televisions, no matter the advice of his aides nor the position of his administration.

Civil liberties groups say that the law can too easily be used to sweep up the private communications of Americans.

The House voted on a bipartisan basis to renew intelligence agencies' broad authority to monitor terrorist and foreign adversary communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA; the measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

On "Fox & Friends", host Steve Doocy remarked that "for the White House to be behind the part that will open more Americans up, that's surprising for the administration because it was the FISA - and essentially this whole program - that got Donald Trump in trouble with the Russian stuff".

Critics of the law say that US intelligence agencies can still go after foreign terrorists while protecting Americans' basic rights. And now he wants to institutionalize this.

Just Wednesday, Trump and his advisers were bragging about how presidential he had looked running a meeting on immigration reform in front of television cameras.

The full letter is available below and we encourage all those with an interest in privacy to read it fully and contact their representatives to voice their opinions. Democrats tried to use the confusion as a way to postpone the vote but Republicans pressed ahead and conducted business as usual.

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

Congress is likely to extend section 702 of the act, which allows government agencies to collect-without a warrant-the content of communications from foreigners, even if they are communicating with Americans. After those disclosures, the government declassified information about the programs and began publishing annual transparency reports about the use of the surveillance tools.

"This is irresponsible, untrue, and frankly it endangers our national security", Sen.

He then partially walked back his comments, adding: "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

Amid doubts about President Donald Trump's opinions on the issue, Congress passed legislation on Thursday granting his administration continued use of a controversial governmental spying program - and that has many people anxious. After a couple of extensions, that sunset is now scheduled to take effect later this month. I want reauthorization with reform. But civil liberties groups are anxious about two controversial practices that could compromise the privacy of Americans.

The so-called 702 authority was put in place after the 9/11 attacks.

One new limit focuses on "backdoor searches".

One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified material from the dossier - a Clinton campaign opposition research product - to apply for permission to spy on Americans. Any surveillance effort must choose a target who is overseas.