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Trump targets, then backs surveillance program in tweets

Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma listen at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump adm Trump targets, then backs surveillance program in tweets
Sandra Phillips | 11 January, 2018, 21:57

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In the Facebook video below, Massie, a reliable defender of privacy rights and limited government, talks about the "interesting coalition of the left and the right" that opposes renewing Section 702.

The bill passed on a 256-164 vote Thursday, sending the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to the U.S. Senate before it would have officially.

Just where Trump stands on FISA and the national security apparatus' ability to conduct electronic surveillance was further muddied Thursday morning by Sen.

But after the second tweet by the President - expressing support for the §702 FISA reauthorization - things calmed down, and the House moved to approve the plan.

An amendment offered by Republican congressman Justin Amash survived the rules committee hearing Tuesday.

American firms, including Google and AT&T, are now required to turn over information to authorities without a warrant turn over private emails and other messages of Americans linked to foreigners' communications in counterterror and espionage cases. Opponents of the proposal, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the proposed change would "disable" the 702 program. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Wednesday night, saying the "administration urges the House ... to preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 authority plays in protecting American lives".

For almost two hours, the commander in chief even broke with his own White House's stance on whether the law should remain on the books.

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About an hour later, Trump sent another tweet, reversing course back to support for FISA: "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. We need it! Get smart!", he posted.

The underlying bill originated in the Senate and is S.139; the House counterpart is H.R.4478. In a tweet Sen. After those disclosures, the government declassified information about the programs and began publishing annual transparency reports about the use of the surveillance tools. "Mr. President, this is not the way to go".

The president then issued another tweet in which he appeared to endorse reauthorizing the program despite his complaints.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said because of recent accusations of bias directed at the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation there needs to be "more oversight of the intelligence community" because "men are not angels", a reference to a quote from James Madison.

"The way I understand the president's position is that he wants some of the reforms, that he thinks that we ought to have a warrant to look at this and that there's a possibility that people with bias in the intelligence community could use that bias to actually abuse the system", he said.

"I can not support this bill without amendment", Nadler said.

The legislation was supported by Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

In a recent speech, Wray said: "I'm going to say this over and over and over again". "And we're supposed to make those decisions to keep our country safe". And a key privacy hawk in Congress contends the president is more in line with him than the White House lets on.

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