Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US House OKs spy bill after Trump sends mixed signals

US House OKs spy bill after Trump sends mixed signals

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Steve Daines (R-Mont), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are planning to push back against the renewal in the Senate unless the bill includes more privacy protections.

On Wednesday, the White House issued a statement opposing changes to the program.

In a fact sheet, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence says there are strict guidelines on the use of 702, which "cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, or any other USA person, or to intentionally target any person known to be in the United States".

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.

So what's wrong with that?

Critics argue that the 702 program vacuums up the information of millions of USA citizens who communicate with those individuals, and that the US government should not be allowed to specifically search for that USA person information or use it against Americans in court without a warrant. It surveys - (unintelligible) people outside the United States who are not United States citizens.

The controversial law permits USA intelligence to surveil Americans without a warrant when they are detected talking with foreigners overseas who were under surveillance. He's right - the Federal Bureau of Investigation told lawmakers it would only rarely need to go to court to search the 702 database under this new bill. They must show probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime will be found. When a "U.S. person" is mentioned in official intelligence reporting, the normal practice is for the name - whether of a person, a company, a ship or an airplane - to be redacted.

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"The House of Representatives has taken a big step to ensure the continuation of one of the Intelligence Community's most vital tools for tracking foreign terrorists". The problem, critics say, is not simply that the information is collected but what is done with it after it is gathered. "The president doesn't feel that we should have to choose between protecting American citizens and protecting their civil liberties".

"It's well known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law".

What did Congress do Thursday?

The bill passed 256 to 164 in the lower chamber and now moves on to the Senate.

"The government will use this bill to continue warrantless intrusions into Americans' private emails, text messages, and other communications".

It's just one part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said section 702 of the FISA Act is a "valuable tool to fight terrorism".

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Trump wrote on Twitter.

That may have been what prompted Trump's tweet claiming the program had been abused.

Before the vote, a tweet from Trump had contradicted the official White House position and renewed unsubstantiated allegations that the previous Democratic administration of Barack Obama improperly surveilled the Republican's 2016 presidential campaign. In a tweet, the president quoted verbatim the Fox headline from Napolitano's appearance and suggested that the FISA law had been used to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign".

After years of libertarians and privacy-minded Democrats pushing to change FISA, the House passed a six-year reauthorization with hardly any changes.

Shortly after, Trump said the bill "is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

The legislation, which needs to be reauthorized by Congress before January 19, 2018, served as the legal justification for the PRISM program, which was uncovered and revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

While the bill passed handily in the House, the vote was thrown into question earlier Thursday, when Trump, whose administration had previously expressed support for FISA, posted a tweet that cast doubt about his position on the law.

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Ryan emphatically described a "firewall" that existed before September 1, 2001 that prevented American intelligence agencies from having necessary information for national security.

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